WADA Investigation Team Member, Member of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport

A world-renowned expert in sports ethics, reputation and dispute resolution, Professor Richard McLaren will be touching on the global state of sports today. His presentation will focus on the politics and the corruption that permeate international sports and he will suggest solutions to level the playing field.  

Richard McLaren is Senior Professor of Law, at the University of Western Ontario where he teaches in the areas Alternative Dispute Resolution, Contracts, Banking, Commercial Law, Secured Financing, Real Property Financing, Debtor-Creditor Rights, Sports Law, Bankruptcy and Insolvency and Business Law.  He has published in a wide range of areas, including dispute resolution and bankruptcy. He is also Counsel to McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP and has extensive practical experience as a commercial lawyer and a labour and commercial arbitrator and mediator.

McLaren is involved in the adjudication of sports-related disputes at both the amateur and professional level. As a member and Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS), he has arbitrated key sport cases throughout the world. As an Ad Hoc Panel Member of CAS, he has participated in five Olympic Games during which he resolved disputes pertaining to anti-doping, athlete eligibility and intellectual property rights. He is a Member of the Anti-Doping Panel for the International Cricket Council and In 2011 he was appointed the President of the Basketball Arbitration Tribunal based in Geneva Switzerland and associated with FIBA.

McLaren was the founder of the ADRsportRed pilot dispute resolution program which later evolved into the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre for Canada where he drafted the Code of Arbitration and served as its Co-Chief Arbitrator for the inaugural three years until 2006.

He has served with distinction as an arbitrator for the National Hockey League salary arbitrations and Player/Agent disputes for the NHL Players’ Association. He was appointed Chairman of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Doping Control to investigate allegations against certain American track and field athletes (Report July 2001) and served for six years as Chairman of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Anti-Doping Tribunal until 2006 when the ATP Doping Programme was transferred to the International Tennis Federation.

In December 2014, he was appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of widespread, systematic doping and cover-ups in Russia.