Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

INTERPOL Global Academic Experts Meeting for Integrity in Sport

Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

INTERPOL Global Academic Experts Meeting for Integrity in Sport

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Dr. Ben Van Rompuy, Senior researcher International and European Sports Law, acted as a Plenary Session Presenter. He presented a paper entitled "Don't reinvent the wheel: what we can learn from experiences with compliance and ethics programs relating to other forms of corruption".

In current debates on the development of effective strategies to prevent match-fixing, little or no attention is given to the long-standing experience with ethics and compliance programs in various other compliance areas (e.g. the fight against bribery, corporate crime or cartels). Best practices in prevention and training strategies are typically examined in silos with little cross-fertilization. Yet there is much to learn from prevailing trends, issues and counter-measures. Ben discussed good and best practices from other compliance areas and offered practical recommendations for the detection and prevention of match-fixing and corruption in football.

Karen L Jones, JD MA, Researcher and Academic Programme Coordinator International and European Sports Law, was a Breakout Session Leader. She also presented a paper entitled "Confessions of a Governance Guru: Why Compliance Mechanisms alone as a means to Prevent Match-Fixing are not enough!".

Several sports-related entities have developed compliance type programs in an effort to prevent match-fixing in football. Although these programs incorporate some necessary compliance tools they do not address broader governance issues that have largely been missing from the sports corruption debate. …

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