POSTED: Wednesday November 15th 2017

LawAccord and CityAccord to Run Joint Workshop on Legal Risks and Business Implications for Host City Agreements for Ifs, Cities and Lawyers

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - SportAccord Convention is delighted to reveal an inaugural joint workshop between LawAccord and CityAccord focused on Host City Agreements during the Convention. International sports federations, cities, legal teams and stakeholders, will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts, as well as discuss the legal risks and business implications when it comes to hosting major global sports events.

Set to take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 April 2018 at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre, Steve Townley (LawAccord) and David Simon (CityAccord) who are co-hosting the workshop session said:

“This workshop collaboration is a first at SportAccord Convention and enables international sports federations and cities to work through Host City Agreements from every angle. Delegates will be able to examine the issues and challenges everyone is facing - including stakeholders - and in turn provide a sound basis for lawyers to meet client expectations too.

“Getting the hosting agreement right from the outset also means both international sports federations and cities are in a much better position to mitigate risks and disputes, and ultimately deliver a successful event.”

The workshop topics will address: areas of potential conflict; the most frequent disputes arising from hosting major events; risk responsibility, key drafting issues for lawyers; criminal law and anti-corruption regimes; mitigation against litigation risks; and the role of insurance and self-insurance.

Find further details of the LawAccord Conference Programme and SAC2018 including registration, on the website.

Commenting on the importance of this workshop, Craig McLatchey OAM, Lagardère Sports/EKS, a specialist consultancy supporting the technical delivery of major sporting events and who provide strategic guidance, event planning, production services and operational expertise said:

“It is great to be involved in the LawAccord and CityAccord joint workshop focused on Host City Agreements. I have had a deep involvement for many years in different capacities working for event owners, bidders and hosts - from the Olympic Games to other major global events.

“Understanding how both international sports federations and cities can identify and address risk within the framework of legal and business issues is a key step forward in the successful bidding and organising of a great event.” 

Registration for #SAC2018 is open and delegate passes enable access to the entire conference programme including LawAccord and CityAccord. Commenting on the benefits for lawyers and legal teams who attend SportAccord Convention, hear what Alain Zahlan De Cayetti, Managing Partner of CVML (Dubai) and Arbitrator with TAS-CAS had to say.

Watch sessions and highlights from the SAC2017 LawAccord conference including an insightful panel discussion on eSports and virtual reality games with distinguished guests, Christian Sørenson, Head of Customer Experience at F.C. Copenhagen and Jakob Larsen, Director of the Danish Athletic Federation.

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SportAccord Convention
SportAccord Convention is the world’s premier and most exclusive annual event at the service of sport. Held in a different city each year, the Convention takes place over six days and is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international sports federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, and organisations involved in the business of sport.

The SportAccord Convention is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the following umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at the SportAccord Convention.

SportAccord (GAISF - Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport) and Associate Members.

In addition, the SportAccord Convention receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.

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