We are delighted to announce that an online discussion will take place on Tuesday 7th December 2021 in association with Winston & Strawn LLP where we will be covering two major topics.
The event will take place via Zoom webinar consisting of two sessions spread over an afternoon. The sessions will be chaired by a respected sports presenter Jason Mohammad and will start at 2pm UK time to accommodate different time zones.
SESSION 1 - Review of the College Athletes US Supreme Court judgment (the NCAA antitrust case)
The online discussion will kick off with the first session on the College Athletes US Supreme Court judgment where Jeffrey Kessler, Co-Executive Chair of Winston & Strawn LLP and the lead counsel representing athletes in the NCAA scholarship antitrust class-action lawsuit, will set out the issues and the findings, and will assess its relevance in other sports, countries, and jurisdiction. Please click here to view the session details.
SESSION 2 - Transgender Athlete Rights
In the second session our speakers David Grevemberg (Chief Innovation and Partnerships Officer at the Centre for Sport and Human Rights), Dr Emma Hilton (a developmental biologist at the University of Manchester), Dr Nicola Williams (a research scientist specialising in human biology and spokeswoman for Fair Play For Women), and Joanna Harper (a visiting fellow for transgender athletic performance at Loughborough University) will discuss transgender athletes’ rights from different perspectives such as human rights, legal, scientific, and sociological. The session will cover how these issues are being addressed, and what solutions may be available. Please click here to view the session details.
Each discussion will have a Q&A session where attendees can pose their questions online via the Zoom webinar platform.
- 14.00 – 14.05 Welcome
- 14.05 – 15.00 Review of the College Athletes in NCAA Scholarship Antitrust Class-Action Lawsuit
- 15.00 – 15.10 Coffee break
- 15.10 – 16.30 Transgender Athletes’ Rights
Tickets for the Sport Resolutions Online Discussion in association with Winston & Strawn LLP will be priced at £20 and are available now.
Please note that the recording of the sessions will not be made available for public viewing.
BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE
Jason Mohammad is one of the most recognised broadcasters in the UK. His face and voice can be seen and heard daily across the BBC’s networks on television, radio and podcasts.
The Cardiff-born TV presenter hosts BBC Football’s results and debate show Final Score on BBC One, has anchored a number of Match of the Day 2 programmes and presented the BBC coverage pitch side at the finals of FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil and 2018 in Russia. Jason is also one of the presenters of BBC Sport’s Olympic Games coverage - covering three summer games - in London, Rio and Tokyo. He was also a member of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games - hosting and reporting from numerous venues including the famous Russia v USA ice hockey match.
Jason is now one of the main presenters on one of the biggest music stations in the world - BBC Radio 2 - playing songs by the biggest stars. He’s interviewed some huge names too including Al Pacino, Dame Shirley Bassey, Noel Gallagher and the TV legend that is Del Boy - Sir David Jason himself!
Equally at home talking about football, rugby union, music, television and movies - Jason is a fantastic public speaker and perfect for award ceremonies, corporate evenings and conferences. He has hosted events for the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Celtic Manor, UEFA and HP.
A prolific documentary filmmaker - Jason has also made programmes in Mecca and Egypt. He recently spent time looking at poverty and diversity which caught the eye of many newspapers. Jason is passionate about equality and giving opportunities to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Jason sadly experienced racism and prejudice during the 1980s and speaks eloquently about his early years and upbringing in his speeches to conferences on diversity.
Jeffrey KesslerSession 1 - Speaker
Jeffrey Kessler is Winston & Strawn’s co-executive chairman and co-chair of the firm’s Sports Law and Competition Law Practices. Mr. Kessler is one of the most prominent sports and anti-trust lawyers in the U.S. He is regularly engaged as lead counsel on complex, high-profile sports matters and has litigated some of the most famous sports cases in history. His clients include classes of college athletes in the Alston and House litigations asserting their antitrust rights against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the NFL Players Association, the National Basketball Players Association, the Overwatch and Call of Duty E sports League, Endeavor, the North American Soccer League, the Major League Baseball Players Association, Relevent Sports Agency, and the members of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team.
He has been named on Law360’s 2021 list of Sports MVPs, named as Best Lawyers’ New York City Sports Law “Lawyer of the Year” 2021, and included as one of Benchmark Litigation’s 2022 Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Mr. Kessler has also been named by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal as an Outside Counsel “Power Player,” one of The 50 Most Influential People in the Sports Business, and one of the 75 people who have grown the NBA’s business since it was established.
David GrevembergSession 2 - Speaker
David Grevemberg is the Chief Innovation and Partnerships Officer, a critical role in expanding Centre for Sport and Human Rights (CSHR)’s drive to embed respect for human rights in sports organisations and events around the world. David works with the CSHR team to lead projects that drive positive change in sport, including education and training initiatives and overseeing development of major new initiatives.
David joined the Centre after 6 and a half years as Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the organisation responsible for the Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Youth Games and many other initiatives that inspire Commonwealth athletes to drive the ambition and power of all Commonwealth citizens through sport.
Previously, David was Chief Executive of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, with ultimate managerial responsibility for the organisation’s successful preparation and staging of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He was the chief liaison with national and local government and many other stakeholders, and played a leadership role developing and innovating a variety of sport, commercial, cultural, community engagement, corporate social responsibility and legacy programmes.
Before that, David was the Executive Director of Sport and International Federation Relations at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) headquartered in Bonn, Germany. A former competitive wrestler, during his career he has also served as a coach, athlete agent, team administrator, consultant and Board member.
Dr Nicola Williams Session 2 - Speaker
Dr Nicola Williams is a research scientist specialising in human biology. She has held a number of senior scientific positions within the pharmaceutical industry. She is now dedicated to her full-time role as campaign director and public spokeswoman for Fair Play For Women.
Dr Williams has an excellent working knowledge of the laws designed to protect women and the transgender community. As a professional scientist she also offers a critical and informed view of current research necessary for evidence-based policy development.
As the Director and spokeswoman for Fair Play For Women she appears regularly on both radio and television. She provides expert opinion on the sex-based rights of women, enabling a balanced and informed discussion in what has become a very sensitive and controversial topic of debate.
In early 2020 Dr Williams was invited by World Rugby to present the case for why women and girls need a female-only sex category to uphold fairness and safety.
Dr Emma HiltonSession 2 - Speaker
Dr Emma Hilton is a developmental biologist at the University of Manchester, studying aspects of human genetic disease. She has published more than twenty manuscripts on developmental biology and genetics and was named Outstanding Young Investigator by the European Society of Human Genetics for her research. Her current programme covers development of the nerve-muscle unit in growing embryos and understanding what frog mucus can tell us about cystic fibrosis.
Emma has a special interest in fairness in female sports. She has written and presented on the evidence in relation to transwomen athletes and the rules on women’s sports, including giving input to World Rugby’s review of the evidence. She published the first academic review of muscle and strength changes in transwomen, and how those studies feed into sports rules on inclusion. She has written academic and media letters/opinions on the denial of biological sex as an important factor in aspects of our lives, and developed Project Nettie, a declaration on the basic science of sex by scientists.
Joanna Harper Session 2 - Speaker
Joanna is a visiting fellow for transgender athletic performance at Loughborough University. In 2015 Joanna Harper published the first peer-reviewed article containing quantitative analysis of the athletic performance of transgender athletes with differing hormonal values. Since then she has collected subsequent retrospective data on transgender athletes and is currently engaged in a prospective analysis of two transgender athletes. She is the author of the Rowman and Littlefield book Sporting Gender: The History, Science and Stories of Transgender and Intersex Athletes. Harper has authored articles on gender diverse athletes in both peer-reviewed publications and in the Duke University Law Review.
Harper has served as an advisor on transgender and intersex athletes to multiple sporting federations including the IOC since 2015. In the fall of 2019 Harper relocated to Loughborough University where she is now engaged full-time in the study of transgender athletic performance.