Le juge ou l’arbitre ? Is the Arbitrator a Good Referee?


30 November - 01 December 2018

National courts or arbitration? Recently, the sporting world has seen some arbitration procedures challenged by the Brussels Court of Appeal: Why and how? How effective will this be? What impact will it have on the legal certainty for athletes, federations, and their lawyers?

Does new technology contribute to cheating, or does it expose the cheaters? From swimsuits, to data collection, to miniaturised motors in bicycles, science optimises performance. At high-level competition, the smallest advantage can lead to victory. Could new technology also fight against doping or abuse that leads to skewed results?

Internationally recognised specialists will discuss these exciting topics by exploring the issues raised and sharing their solutions.

Welcome to Paris where AIJA offers you an exceptional selection of working sessions and social events. During the Bâtonnier’s Ball * you will have the opportunity to see the magnificent Court of Justice in its most beautiful light. The seminars will be held in the Court’s library, in the heart of the Ile de la Cité, an extraordinary location steeped in history and justice.

* Limited places available

AIJA Commissions

  • Sports Law

Event fees

+ VAT if applicable<= 2018-11-13> 2018-11-13

AIJA Member < 35180,00  €200,00  €
AIJA Member >= 35200,00  €220,00  €
Non AIJA Member < 35220,00  €240,00  €
Non AIJA Member >= 35240,00  €260,00  €
Local lawyers180,00  €200,00  €
Speaker180,00  €200,00  €

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Full programme

Le juge ou l arbitre ? Is the Arbitrator a Good Referee?

Friday 30 November 2018

19:00 » 21:00
Welcome Reception
Wine tasting in a local bar

Soif d'ailleurs
38 Rue Pastourelle, 75003 Paris, France

Saturday 01 December 2018

09:00 » 09:20
Registration at the Paris Court of Justice

Palais de Justice (in the Île de la Cité )
10 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
09:20 » 09:30
Welcome Address by the AIJA President
Xavier Costa Arnau, AIJA President, Roca Junyent, Spain
09:30 » 09:40
Welcome Address by the Paris Bar Association
09:40 » 10:30
Information Technology in Sports - Towards Better Justice?
10:30 » 10:45
Panel Discussion:
Pros and Cons of the Use of Information Technology
10:45 » 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 » 11:45
Technology Doping
11:45 » 12:45
E-Gambling (Online Betting) Affecting the Outcome?
13:00 » 14:00
14:15 » 15:30
Is Sports Arbitration in Turmoil Following the Seraing Ruling?
15:30 » 16:30
Is There a Viable Alternative to the CAS to Improve Justice in Sport?
End of the Seminar
Bal du Bâtonnier

Palais de Justice (in the Île de la Cité )
10 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France

Dress code: Black tie

A limited amount of tickets at 80€ per person have been reserved for international lawyers participating in the AIJA Sports Law Seminar taking place on 1 December 2018. To access these tickets, please register to the seminar online indicating your intention to attend the ball. Please note your plus one will also need a ticket. Once registered, a link will be sent to you from the Paris Bar Association by email, enabling to buy your ticket directly from them.

Registrations are accepted prior to 23 November, tickets are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Local lawyers will receive all necessary information concerning their attendance to the ball directly from the Paris Bar Association in due course.

Please remember to bring your ID card or passport with you to the event as it will have to be presented at the entrance.

Practical information


We recommend you book your accommodation at the Hotel Mercure Paris Opéra Louvre (95 Rue de Richelieu, 75002 Paris, France) where 25 rooms have been blocked for AIJA until 20 November 2018. Rooms will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

  • 175 € per night : single standard – breakfast included
  • 190 € per night: double standard room – breakfast include

In order to book your room, please fill in this reservation form and send it back directly to the hotel.


Organising Committee

Anne-Sophie ALLOUIS

François BARRE
Azam-Darley et Associé (FRANCE)

Navacelle Avocats (FRANCE)

MAAT avocat (FRANCE)

Archipel (FRANCE)

GFP Avocats (FRANCE)

Pachmann Rechtsanwälte AG (SWITZERLAND)