Sport Resolutions Annual Conference 2017 | Speakers Announced for Session 3

Session 3: Gender and the Level Playing Field presented by Winston & Strawn LLP, speakers include:


Jim Bunting | @jdbunting   

Jim Bunting is a partner in the litigation group of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. He is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in sports-related disputes.  This includes representing athletes, coaches, agents, National Anti-Doping Agencies and International Federations in respect of a variety of issues, including doping infractions, allegations of discrimination, contractual claims, carding disputes, team selection appeals and disciplinary appeals. Jim served as the Athlete Ombudsperson to the Canadian Olympic Committee during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and clerked with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Jim successfully represented Dutee Chand, an Indian-born sprinter, in a landmark international ruling by the CAS suspending the operation of the International Association Athletic Federation's Hyperandrogenism Regulation, which screens female athletes on the basis of their natural testosterone levels. In 2014, Jim was named as one of the Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 and in 2016 he received Lexpert’s Zenith Award in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in society through his pro bono work with athletes.

Dr Silvia Camporesi | @silviacamporesi      

Dr Silvia Camporesi is a bioethicist working at King’s College London, where she is Director of the MSc programme in Bioethics & Society. She began her career as a biotechnologist working at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Trieste, but left the bench to pursue a career in bioethics. For the past decade Silvia has been researching ethics and sport, combining her two passions: track and field, and bioethics. She is author of From Bench to Bedside to Track and Field: the Context of Enhancement and its Ethical Relevance (UC Medical Humanities Press, 2014).

Gail Emms MBE | @gailemms 

Olympic Silver medalist Gail Emms MBE is a badminton athlete turned motivational speaker, using her experiences across years of success on the court to inspire people to attain their goals. She achieved silver at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games with her mixed doubles partner Nathan Robertson, the pinnacle of her career. Emms announced her retirement after Beijing 2008, deciding to focus her efforts on media commitments and a new role as an after dinner speaker. A hugely successful career which saw Emms claim World Championships gold in 2006, consecutive Commonwealth titles and back-to-back European Championships, she dominated the sport throughout the early 2000s. A passionate sports woman and now loving mother, Gail Emms has become the face and voice of badminton undertaking broadcasting and commentary roles for the sport. An ambassador for badminton and women within sport, Gail Emms is a truly phenomenal personality, athlete and mentor to the sporting world.

Anna Kessel MBE | @Anna_Kessel

Anna Kessel is a sports journalist, acclaimed author and vocal campaigner on equality in sport.  A rare example of a female journalist in her field, Anna published Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Your Life (Macmillan) in 2016, a passionate polemic aimed at bringing sport to the female masses. A Guardian and Observer journalist since 2004, Anna has covered three Olympic Games, several World Cups, Euros and World Championships, and interviewed some of the biggest stars in global sport. Co-founder and chair of Women in Football (WiF), an organization lobbying against sexism in the game and championing female role models, The Independent described her as a “fearless adversary of sexism” in their list of the 50 Most Influential Women in Sport. In 2016 Anna was awarded an MBE for services to journalism and women in sport.

Jeffrey Kessler | @winstonsprtslaw

Jeffrey Kessler is co-chairman of Winston & Strawn LLP and co-chairs the firm’s Sports Law Practice. He focuses his practice on all aspects of antitrust/competition, sports law, intellectual property, complex litigation, and government investigations. Mr. Kessler is one of the most prominent lawyers in the country regularly engaged in high-profile sports litigation. He has litigated some of the most famous sports-antitrust cases in history, including McNeil v. the NFL, the landmark antitrust jury trial which led to the establishment of free agency in the National Football League (NFL), and Brady v. NFL, which led to the end of the 2011 NFL lockout. In 2017, he was named Best Lawyers’ New York City Sports Law “Lawyer of the Year” and one of Benchmark Litigation’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Mr. Kessler has also been named one of The 50 Most Influential People in the Sports Business by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal.

Dr María José Martínez-Patiño

María José Martínez-Patiño was one of Spain’s best female hurdlers, whose dismissal from the Spanish Olympic team in 1986 for failing the gender test is a notable moment in the history of gender verification in sports.  Martínez-Patiño was dismissed after a competition that would have set her up for participation at the 1988 Summer Olympics. She was shamed publicly when she participated in a hurdles event in the Spanish national championships in 1986, but fought the loss of her IAAF license successfully and was able to compete for participation in the 1992 Olympics. However, her momentum as an athlete was lost and she failed to qualify for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics by hundredths of a second. Since then she has written over 40 publications in national and international impact journals about her condition, sport at high level, sports initiation, talent, women and sport. Her gender test and its fallout has become a highly publicized and frequently cited case concerning gender testing as well as the privacy of athletes. After retiring from sports and she completed her PhD. in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences at the University of Vigo, Spain, where she currently teaches as a professor and researcher. Since 2013, she has become a Scientific Advisor at International Olympic Committee Medical and Scientific Commission. Maria is also a member of the Olympic Academy of the Spanish Olympic Committee.

Please note: Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks. - See more on our dedicated speaker page here.

Session Overview:

Part 1: Since the emergence of Caster Semenya, the world has become familiar with the word “hyperandrogenism”. Debate continues to rage about how female athletes with resultant elevated testosterone levels should be treated and whether conditions should be imposed before they are allowed to compete. Dutee Chand’s recent case before the CAS has resulted in the abandonment of the IAAF’s upper testosterone limit test, with the Federation due to return to the same court imminently to provide details, and justification, for any replacement system.

This session aims to review the hyperandrogenism condition and will explore what, if any, rules need to be in place for athletes to compete, and to what extent, if at all, the condition actually provides any advantage to an athlete.  

Part 2: In recent weeks, the Republic of Ireland’s women’s football team threatened to strike because of alleged poor treatment. This is but the latest example of women in many sports claiming that they receive lesser treatment than their male counterparts, in areas such as access to facilities, equipment, training and support. Is it too convenient to say that commercial realities dictate such things or do women too often experience a different reality based solely on their gender?

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