Business programme

Sport is a Right

Congress Centre, conference hall D1
Law in International Relations
Russian sport is going through a difficult time due to external pressure and isolation. A striking example of unsportsmanlike behaviour was the banning of Russian Paralympians, tennis players, soccer players, chess players, and even cyberathletes from participating in tournaments. Mass exclusion of Russian athletes from international competitions can drag on and result in their exclusion from the next Olympic Games. Discrimination, marginalization, and other kinds of restrictions are forms of violation not only of athletes' rights, but also of the human right to work. Obviously, this threatens the fundamental principles of sport. The session is expected to discuss relevant problems of sport, affecting the fulfilment of people’s right to sport. Particular attention will be paid to the legal aspects of sports development, legal protection and guarantees for participants in both Russian and international sporting events. What will Russian sport look like in the near future and what role can the law play in its fate? What are the main problems of implementing the right to sport? How and when will Russian sports be internationally represented again?


Elena Spiridonova
Executive Director – Chief of Staff, Russian Bar Association; Member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation


Dmitry Alekseev
Head of Legal Department, ESforce Holding
Viktor Blazheyev
Rector, Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL)
Ilya Vasiliev
Associate Professor of the Department of Theory of State and Law, Scientific Supervisor of the Master's Program "Lawyer in the Field of Sports Law", St. Petersburg State University
Vladimir Katkov
Chairman, Disciplinary Committee of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation; Member of the Ethics Committee, Russian Olympic Committee
Ksenia Mashkova
Associate Professor of the Department of Sports Law, Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL)
Svetlana Orlova
Auditor of Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation
Denis Rogachev
Deputy Secretary General, The Football Union of Russia; Arbitrator, The National Sports Arbitration Center; Head of the Department of Sports Law, Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL)
Andrey Fedorov
State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation