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International sports, legal experts to kick around corruption in soccer world

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International sports, legal experts to kick around corruption in soccer world

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2015 — A group of experts will discuss the recent bribery scandals in international football that rocked the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) this past spring in a teleconference sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of International Law.

What:             
Gaming the Games: FIFA and Corruption in International Sports
Anti-Corruption Committee of the ABA Section of International Law

When:             
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
11 a.m. - noon EDT 

Where:
Teleconference-only event /
Media may listen without charge.
To register and receive dial-in information, please emai
Sophie.Wilmot@americanbar.org by 5 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 8.

The panel will tackle what the ongoing investigation may mean on a larger level to international football, and not just for FIFA but the global sports industry as a whole. Repercussions of the FIFA investigation are rippling through the banking, media and merchandise industries and could have long-lasting effects. The panel will discuss the complexities of detecting and prosecuting corruption in sports, recent trends and developments in the field and cleaning up the world’s most popular game.

Participants include:

  • Alexandra Wrage, president, TRACE International
  • Drago Kos, chair, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
    Working Group on Bribery
  • Jens Weinreich, investigative journalist, www.jensweinreich.de 
  • David Larkin, international sports lawyer
  • Mikhail Reider-Gordon, senior advisor, SIL Anti-Corruption Committee (moderator)

The SIL International Criminal Law Committee and the International Anti-Money Laundering Committee are co-sponsoring the event. Cost is $15 for ABA members and $25 for nonmembers. Founded in 1933, SIL is the leader in the development of policy in the international arena, the promotion of the rule of law and the education of international law practitioners. It is the only ABA entity that focuses on the full range of international legal issues and is involved in a wide variety of substantive legal activities.

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