IASL’s President Welcome Speech





Dimitrios P. Panagiotopoulos
Professor at the University of Athens, Advocate
Attorney-at-law in Supreme Court &  Counsel of State, Greece


The international scholarly community, all active people occupied with Sports Law, Lawyers, as well as those who are generally involved in Sports, will have the opportunity to attend the 23rd Congress of the International Association of Sports Law (IASL) with cooperation of Niccolò Cusano University, which will be held in Rome.

It is known that the IASL is active in the sector of Sports Law since 1992, having made 23 consecutive World Congresses. From the first moment of its establishment until today, researching deeply and promoting internationally the scientific field of Sports Law. Moreover, the corresponding 1st International Congress, in which the International Association of Sports Law (IASL) was born, was organized by EKEAD on December 11-13, 1992 in the University of Athens.

The subject of the 23rd Congress of the International Association of Sports Law (IASL) in Rome is entitled: "Responsibility in Sports Activities: Law, Jurisdiction and Ethics". The subject of this conference is systematically investigated for the first time in all its aspects. Problems might arise in the theory and praxis of sports activities, due to the fact that during performance of their duties all natural and legal entities in sports are subject to liability of sports nature with administrative-disciplinary character, moral and criminal character.

In particular, the association will debate about four major topics, with specific panels, about: 

·         Statutes Governing and Protecting Athletes.

·         Sport Safety, Integrity and Security.

·         National and International Legislation.  

·         Ethics– In this section we will debate about ethics and sporting values.  

The International Association of Sports Law beyond its contribution to development of Sports Law and the successful congresses, also it has contributed to education thought his participation in educational programs and Universities courses, as the special e-learning programme in Sports Law at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, which started in September of 2017!

Therefore it is obvious that our expectations of such a Conference are very high, as well as the participation in this project of scholars and operators of sports life.

It is appropriate at this point to express my thankfulness to the Rector of Niccolò Cusano University, Prof. Fabio Fortuna and the members of the Organising and Scientific Committees of this Congress.

I am sure that the next day of the Congress we will be a wiser one. We are looking forward to your participation and we wish you to have a wonderful time in Rome.

The President of IASL

Dimitrios P. Panagiotopoulos