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Webinar: The Prosecution of Cases of Competition Manipulation

Date: Tuesday 5 March 2024 - Tuesday 5 March 2024


Competition manipulation poses a direct threat to the ethos of sport. 
In response to the growing scale and sophistication of this crime, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have collaborated to create “A Practical Guide to the Prosecution of Cases of Competition Manipulation”.  This comprehensive guide examines the challenges associated with the prosecution of such cases and sets out a recommended framework for effective action.  The guide is proving to be an invaluable resource for prosecutors engaged in the broader effort to detect and fight against corruption of sports.


The webinar format is as follows:

1.  Opening and introductions:

  • Shenaz Muzaffer, General Counsel, International Association of Prosecutors (IAP)
  • Friedrich Martens, Head of Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions, International Olympic Committee (IOC)
  • Ronan Lorcan O’Laoire, Coordinator, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Programme on Safeguarding Sport from Corruption and Economic Crime (UNODC)

2.  Presentation of the Practical Guide to the Prosecution of Cases of Competition Manipulation

  • Louis Weston, Barrister

3.  The experience of public prosecutors in relation to the prosecution of competition manipulation

  • Konstantinos Spyropoulos, State Prosecutor in charge of Sports, Greece
  • Marcelo Borges Aranal, Prosecutor in the Special Action Group to Repress Organized Crime (GAECO) of the Public Ministry of the States of Goias (MPGO), Brazil

4.  The role of prosecutors within the fight against competition manipulation – roundtable discussion

  • Ben Rutherford, Senior Director, Legal, International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA)
  • Martina Spreitzer-Kropiunik, Vice President, Criminal Court Vienna, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Arbitrator, Member of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Ethics Commission
  • Ann Lukowiak, Federal Magistrate, Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office, Vice-Chair of the Network of Magistrates / Prosecutors Responsible for Sports (MARS)

5.  Closing remarks

This two-hour webinar will be held in English and no interpretation will be provided.  All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.  The webinar is open to all IAP organisational and individual members and to UNODC/IOC delegates.

For more details, please contact Ms. Irina Beridze, Executive Programme Manager of the IAP, at epm@iap-association.org
We look forward to welcoming you at the webinar!