The TC Beirne School of Law is proud to host the 5th International Lawyers’ Cricket World Cup Sports Law Conference at The University of Queensland in January 2016.

Set within the magnificent grounds of The University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus in Brisbane City, Australia, this half-day conference explores current issues in sports law. 

Presenters include Hayden Opie, Jim Holding, Christopher Johnstone and Lyndon Fahey. They will be joined by barrister Yasin Patel who has represented international cricketers in criminal and disciplinary proceedings, and Cassandra Heilbronn, an Assoicate with Minter Ellison in Brisbane, in a Panel Discussion on the issues raised.

The conference is being held as part of the 5th International Lawyers’ Cricket World Cup.

We look forward to welcoming you to The University of Queensland for this notable event.


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Welcome by Mr Anthony Crocker and Professor Sarah Derrington

Anthony Crocker will be the Facilitator for the Sports Law Conference in January 2016. Anthony is a member of the South Australian Bar. He has a trial and appellant practice in both civil and criminal matters. He has a BA and LLM from Adelaide University and is currently enrolled in the Masters programme at the University of Melbourne, from which he has recently taken a Graduate Diploma in Sports Law. He is very experienced in regulatory and disciplinary issues affecting athletes and sporting bodies. He is a Code of Behaviour Commissioner for Cricket Australia and a Commissioner for the South Australian Cricket Association.

Sarah Derrington is the Dean of Law at the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland. Sarah drives the school’s exciting vision for the future: producing exceptional legal thinkers with the assistance of research-led programs, small high-achieving cohorts and globally renowned teachers. Sarah’s research interests lie in admiralty jurisdiction and practice, the carriage of goods by sea and marine insurance. She encourages engagement in industry-focused research and is active in building strong relationships with the legal profession.


'The Long Arm of Anti-Doping Rule' presented by Hayden Opie

Hayden is the Director of Studies of the Melbourne Sports Law Program. He pursues research and teaching interests in all areas of sports law and is recognised internationally for his work in the field. He initiated the founding of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA) in 1990, and served as the Association's President for its first eight years.  In 2000, he was made the Association's first Life Member. In July 2010 he was appointed by the Federal Minister of Sport as the legal member of the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel established under the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 (Cth). In 2015, he became a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


'Corporate Governance in Large Sporting Bodies' presented by Jim Holding

Jim is a partner in DLA Piper and is a leading corporate lawyer based in its Brisbane office. In addition to his LLB, he has a BA (Public Administration and Political Theory) and LLM. He joined the Board of Directors of Queensland Cricket in 2006 and has been Chairman of Queensland Cricket since 2010.

10:20am Panel Discussion
10:45am Morning Tea

'The Burden of Proof under the WADA Code : the Contador decision’ presented by Christopher Johnstone

Christopher is a member of the Queensland Bar and has a broad commercial practice in State and Federal Courts, with a particular focus in the areas of insolvency, equity, trade practices and intellectual property. He has expertise in sports law and has advised athletes and ASADA in respect of anti-doping matters and has appeared for ASADA in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He has also assisted Australian athletes in appeals against selection for Commonwealth Games and Olympic teams, and has appeared in various tribunals in respect of disciplinary matters. He is also an Officer in the RAAF and appears in military tribunals (including courts-martial) and inquiries.


'Betting exchanges – what are they and what do they have to do with cricket?' presented by Lyndon Fahey

Lyndon is Cricket Australia’s Intelligence Analyst, specialising in analysing betting in order to detect instances of match-fixing and corruption. His early professional background was in Financial Markets. Immediately prior to his role at Cricket Australia he was an analyst with Betfair Australia’s Risk Investigations team where he focused on the analysis of horse racing betting and intelligence, specialising in betting exchange activity. He recently completed his Graduate Diploma in Sports Law, with his chosen subjects focused on Gambling and Sports Integrity related issues, policies and processes. Lyndon will be discussing the functionality of betting exchanges and the issues that arise when analysing betting on cricket.

12:30pm Panel Discussion
12:50pm Closing remarks
1:00pm Conclusion


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