Do not miss the opportunity to engage with international experts in the field of sports law.

The University of Gibraltar is pleased to be bringing together leading academics and sports law professionals for an international conference that will be held at the University’s iconic location at the southernmost tip of the Rock, overlooking the world-famous Straits that bears its name.

Sport holds an incredibly pervasive presence in our societies, and this has led to the need to consider the legal framework underpinning better regulated, more equitable reforms in this area. These are of vital concern given increasingly negative sports-related media reports associated with aspects such as match-fixing, doping and inadequate governance.

This two-day conference will be of interest to a cross-section of sport’s diverse stakeholders, including policymakers, sponsors, media, career professionals, clubs and federations, sporting bodies, agents, academics and indeed any professional industry involved in this growing and dynamic area of sports legal practice and marketing.

The speakers’ contributions are aimed at highlighting the legal context in which the many issues currently confronting sport’s many stakeholders should be considered, so as to aspire to a Lex Sportiva that acts in the best interests of all its stakeholders.

The conference will examine financial fair play rules; the role of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in settling sports disputes; Sports and Politics: UEFA and FIFA Cases; and the Court of Arbitration for Sport; etc.


Dennis Beiso

Dennis Beiso is the General Secretary of the Gibraltar Football Association. He had previously been the Association’s UEFA Liaison Officer, charged with managing the relationship between UEFA and the GFA prior to Gibraltar’s membership of the European governing body in 2013. Following Gibraltar’s admission to UEFA, he became the Chief Executive Officer of the GFA before subsequently being appointed General Secretary in 2015. He has previously been a member of the UEFA Youth & Amateur Committee.

Thilo Pachmann

Thilo Pachmann is a Partner with Pachmann Attorneys at law Ltd., a boutique style law firm specialising in dispute resolution. Based in Zurich he has a broad experience in litigation and arbitration particularly in the field of sports law where he has expertise in the governance of sports federations. He has represented many famous athletes in proceedings at the CAS as well as at the Federal Tribunal and the European Court for Human Rights. He is an arbitrator on the Arbitral Board of the International Cycling Union (UCI) and President of the Sports Law Commission of AIJA. He frequently speaks at sports law seminars & lectures at Zurich University & Seoul National University.

Manuela Macchi

Manuela Macchi is a UK and European Trade Mark and Design Attorney and a Partner in the London office of Keltie LLP. She specialises in brand protection and manages a number of worldwide trade mark and design portfolios, being responsible for their overall strategy. In 2013 she founded Keltie’s Sports Intellectual Property Practice, a team focusing on the protection of sports trade marks. The practice was mentioned in the 2015 Legal 500 and has gone from strength to strength, with Manuela working for some high profile sports clients, particularly in golf and rugby. She edits Keltie’s case commentaries published in the UK Trade Mark Attorney’s monthly publication (ITMA News).

Michael Llamas QC

Michael Llamas QC is HM Attorney General for Gibraltar. He is also the President of the Gibraltar Football Association (GFA). Prior to that he was a key member of the legal team that successfully represented the GFA in its three court cases against UEFA and one court case against FIFA before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.

Teng-Guan Khoo

Teng Guan Khoo has been teaching at Anglia Ruskin University since 2007. Teng Guan’s research interests are primarily in the area of sports law, specifically within the area of advancement or promotion of equal opportunity for participation in sports, the interaction between soft and hard law which is also known as the process of ‘juridification’. The latter has increasingly become an important area of debate, considering the increasing intervention and ‘encroachment’ of the legal sphere into areas which would otherwise been governed by ‘social’, soft or informal rules.

Marcus Keppel-Palmer

Marcus Keppel-Palmer is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of the West of England, Bristol and also a Solicitor having previously practised at the Law Firm, Hill Dickinson. His particular areas of research and teaching in the field of Sports Law are anti-doping, broadcast rights and stadium safety, having recently briefed the UK Parliament all-party group on football on the topic of safe standing.

Jose Maria Cruz

Jose Maria Cruz is the General Manager and Secretary of the Board for Sevilla Football Club. Jose Maria is also a Board Member to the Executive Committee of the Spanish Professional Football League “LA LIGA”. Jose Maria was the Chairman of the Legal Advisory Panel of European Club Association, ECA (2015-2016) and an Arbitrator of Tribunal Arbitral du Sport – Court of Arbitration for Sport TAS-CAS (2011-2016).

Juan Crespo Perez

Juan Crespo Perez has been a lawyer since 1985 and is a specialist in sports and EU and international law.  He is the owner of the law firm “Ruiz Huerta & Crespo”. He is a Master International Sports Law, LL.M. (H.C. ISDE); Master of Arts (Rey Juan Carlos University) . He has been external lawyer of the Spanish Football League from 2000 to 2010; legal advisor of a large number of football clubs all over the world; legal advisor of football players, agents, federations and leagues. He has acted as a lawyer in more than 300 Court of Arbitration for Sport cases. He has published more than 100 articles on Sports Law and written or co-written 14 Sports Law books.

Kevin Carpenter

Kevin Carpenter is a sports lawyer and Consultant for Ramparts, a European law firm based in Gibraltar, also with an office in the UK. Kevin has an international reputation in relation to legal, regulatory and governance issues across a diverse range of sports including volleyball, football, boxing, swimming, weightlifting and ice hockey. He has advised international federations, national governing bodies, players’ unions, inter-governmental organisations and other public bodies on a variety of integrity matters. Most recently he has been appointed the first Chair of the Disciplinary Panel for a new sports integrity body, the Esport Integrity Coalition (ESIC).

Ian Blackshaw

Ian Blackshaw is an international sports lawyer and academic. He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales; Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge; Fellow of the TMC Asser International Sports Law Centre in The Hague, The Netherlands; and a Research Fellow at the Adams & Adams Intellectual Property Law Centre of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is also a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration & Mediation Center, Geneva, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a prolific author of articles and books on international sports law.

John White

After a law degree at the University of Edinburgh, John White studied criminology at the University of Cambridge before returning to the University of Edinburgh where he completed his doctoral thesis in sports law. He taught at universities in Edinburgh before moving to an academic post in Hong Kong. He then taught law and criminology at the University of Leeds. He spent twenty years as Dean of Law at Anglia Ruskin University (where he was appointed a full professor) before becoming Head of Human Sciences and Law at Bucks New University. He is a higher education consultant & a Senior Member of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. He organises programmes in Sports Law in Cambridge on behalf of ISDE, Madrid. His principal academic interest is in Sports Criminology.


Day 1
Tuesday 28th March

08:45   Registration

 09:20   Welcome: the Hon John Cortes MP, Minister for Education, Heritage, Environment, Energy and Climate Change

09:30   Conference overview: Kenneth Asquez, FIFA Registered Intermediary & Nadine Collado, Director of Professional Development and Short Courses

 09:40   John White, HE Consultant, ‘Sports Law as an Academic Activity’

10:10    Keynote AddressIan Blackshaw, International Sports Lawyer, ‘Is there such a thing as Sports Law: towards a Lex Sportiva?’

11:00   Networking Refreshments

11:30   Panel session- ‘Lex Sportiva’

Chair:  James Levy QC, Senior Partner of Hassans International Law Firm

  • Ian Blackshaw, International Sports Lawyer
  • Michael Llamas QC, Attorney General of Gibraltar
  • Thilo Pachmann, Partner of Pachmann Attorneys at Law

 12:15   Manuela Macchi, Partner of Keltie LLP, ‘IP Rights and Sports Events’

13:00   Lunch and Networking

 14:00   Keynote Address- Michael Llamas QC, Attorney General of Gibraltar, ‘Sports and Politics: UEFA and FIFA Cases’

15:00   Thilo Pachmann, Partner of Pachmann Attorneys at law, ‘The Role of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in Sports Disputes’

15:45   Dennis Beiso, General Secretary, Gibraltar Football Association, ‘From London to Mexico City: Gibraltarian football’s journey since 2013’

16:30   Day’s Overview: Nadine Collado, Director of Professional Development and Short Courses & Kenneth Asquez FIFA Registered Intermediary

Day 2
Wednesday 29 March

 08:45   Registration

09:00   Teng Guan Khoo, Senior Lecturer in Business and Law, Anglia Ruskin University, ‘Racial Discrimination in Sport’

09:45   Juan Crespo Perez, Director of Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo Sports Lawyers, ‘The role of a lawyer in CAS (the Court of Arbitration for Sport)’

10:30   Networking Refreshments

11:00   Marcus Keppel-Palmer, Senior Lecturer at University of West England, ‘Stadia Safety’

11:45   Panel session- ‘Discrimination and Doping in Sport’

Chair: John Gonçalves, Gibraltar Amateur Basketball Association, President

Teng Guan Khoo, Senior Lecturer in Business and Law, Anglia Ruskin University

  • Reagan Lima, CEO of Gibraltar Sports and Leisure Authority
  • Dennis Beiso, General Secretary, Gibraltar Football Association

12:45   Lunch and Networking

 13:45   Jose Maria Cruz, CAS Judge and CEO of Sevilla FC, ‘Financial Fair Play’

14:30   Kevin Carpenter, International Sports Lawyer, ‘The Macolin Convention’s Role in the fight against the Manipulation of Sports Competitions’ 

15:15   Day’s Overview: Nadine Collado, Director of Professional Development and Short Courses & Kenneth Asquez FIFA Registered Intermediary

15:30   Closing Address, Minister for Justice, the Hon Neil Costa MP

15:40   Drinks Reception and Networking


 The conference will take place at the award winning University of Gibraltar Campus.

The University of Gibraltar is physically the southernmost University in Europe. It is situated at the southern extremity of Gibraltar, on a plateau above the Strait of Gibraltar, at the point where the Mediterranean Sea begins. It is just to the south of caves where Neanderthals lived until around 24,000 years ago. Indeed Gibraltar, from the times of ancient mythology, was recognised as a very special location. It is the Pillar of Hercules that is located on European soil.

The University of Gibraltar is itself housed in an iconic building, overlooking the Strait. From its terrace, it is possible on a clear night to see the light of 5 lighthouses, in three countries (Gibraltar, Morocco and Spain), in two continents (Europe and Africa).

The main building consists of two elements, the Defensible Barracks constructed following the recommendations of Major General Sir John Jones of 1841; and the adjacent Bombproof Barracks which were built later in the Victorian period on the curtain wall between the 1st Europa Right Flank (to the east) and Woodford’s Left Flank (to the west).

The Defensible Barracks and the Bombproof Barracks have been sensitively restored and are today connected with a glass-covered atrium.


University of Gibraltar
Europa Point Campus
GX11 1AA Gibraltar


By Air you can fly directly into Gibraltar airport via regular services from the following destinations:

London Heathrow UK by British Airways

London Gatwick UK by EasyJet

London Gatwick UK by Monarch Airline

London Luton UK by Monarch Airlines

Manchester UK by Monarch Airlines

Birmingham UK by Monarch Airlines

Bristol UK by EasyJet

Tangier Morocco by Royal Air Maroc

 Gibraltar is also easily accessed by those wishing to fly to Malaga or Jerez and both can be reached by road in approximately one hour and thirty minutes. Seville Airport is also accessible by car and is approximately two hours away. For further information on how to travel to Gibraltar from Malaga, Jerez or Seville please contact the Gibraltar Tourist Board.

By Sea via ferries from Tangiers into Gibraltar but more regular ferries come to Algeciras (20 mins away) and Tarifa (40 mins away) in Spain.

By Train, there are train stations within 30 minutes from Gibraltar, namely, San Roque- La Linea, Algeciras, and an AVE station in Malaga. For further information please visit

Gibraltar is a United Kingdom overseas territory, as a result the same Schengen rules apply. Gibraltar is Non-Schengen territory, therefore, a valid passport or ID card will be required for EU citizens.


Hotel rooms have been pre-reserved in a number of hotels in Gibraltar ranging in price and location.

Hotel bookings will be made via the respective hotel directly. Please use the references below when booking hotels.


Hotel Price per Night (Single Occupancy) Distance to Campus Booking Reference Contact Number Email Address
The Rock Hotel  £109 35 min walk or7 min transfer #107790 +350 20073000
The O’Callaghan Eliott Hotel   £103 47 min walk or12 min transfer #583960 +350 20070500
The Caleta Hotel £108 7 min transfer #244700 +350 20076501
The Bristol Hotel £67 53 min walk or 10 mins transfer +350 20076800


Additional hotels around Gibraltar, can be found here, however, please note that special rates have not been agreed and transfers will not be provided.