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Gregory Ioannidis

Dr Gregory Ioannidis LLB, LLM, PhD, Advocate, Fellow HEA

Course Leader - LLM International Sports Law in Practice

Summary

I am an international sports lawyer with experience in high profile anti-doping litigation, as well as experience in other regulatory and sport disciplinary matters, with particular emphasis on football law.

I joined the University in January 2014 and developed the Master's Programme LLM International sports Law in Practice. I am also leader for Advocacy and Mooting a clinical and applied final year module.

  • About

    I have an expertise in Sports Law and 18 years of experience in legal representation and advice before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), in Lausanne, Switzerland and FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber, where I deal with a number of different applications, ranging from doping in sport to players’ contracts and transfers, European competition law, human rights and other regulatory matters. I have previously acted as a football intermediary and registered lawyer with TheFA.

    I have advised and represented a number of high profile sports personalities. One of my most notable cases was the Greek Sprinters case, where I acted as Counsel for Mr Kenteris and Ms Thanou before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and successfully negotiated and settled a multi-million pound out-of-court settlement with the IAAF.

    In recent years, I advised the South-African track & field Federation on the Caster Semenya matter, Celtic FC on the FC Sion matter, I acted for the Chinese Taipei gold medalist Mu-yen Chu against the International Olympic Committee and for the heavyweight boxing champion Dillian Whyte.

    I publish frequently and participate on TV and Radio interviews globally on several sports law issues and I am a regular contributor to Sky News and BBC News. In November 2009, I was voted in the “Top 20 of the World’s Most Influential Sports Lawyers” by Sports Business International.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Sports Law, Anti-doping litigation, football law, advocacy, negotiation, dispute resolution.

  • Teaching

    Department Of Law and Criminology

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    Law

    LLB, LLM International Sports Law in Practice

    Anti-Doping Law, Football Law, Commercial Regulation & Contractual Obligations in Sport, Advocacy & Mooting 

  • Research

    • Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice

    My research focuses on regulatory issues, with emphasis on anti-doping law and football law matters. I currently research on the use of supplements by professional and elite-level athletes, and on the regulation of football intermediaries by FIFA. My latest research project also calls for the introduction of a system of judicial precedent before the court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

    1. ‘Prevention of fraud, corruption and bribery committed through legal entities for the purpose of financial and economic gain.’ Asser Institute (The Hague) – European Commission.
    2. EU tender on the equal treatment of non-nationals in individual sports competitions’. Asser Institute (The Hague) – European Commission.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Ioannidis, G. (2018). “The Curious Case of Ben Stokes: Challenging The Boundaries of Self-Regulation”. International Sports Law Review.

    Ioannidis, G. (2018). “Cycling’s Legal Minefield”. Pro-Cycling.

    Ioannidis, G. (2017). The Consequences of Brexit for British Football. Solicitors Journal.

    Ioannidis, G. (2017). The criminalisation of doping in sport: The case for the prosecution. World sports advocate.

    Ioannidis, G. (2017). The Consequences of Brexit for British Football. Solicitors Journal.

    Ioannidis, G. (2016). The Time for Self-Regulation in Sport Has Passed. Solicitors Journal.

    Ioannidis, G. (2016). Criminalisation of Doping in Sport. Solicitors Journal.

    Ioannidis, G. (2015). The Unreliable Self-Regulation of Sport. Solicitors Journal.

    Ioannidis, G. (2015). The Impact of the Suspected Doping Involving IAAF Athletes. World Sports Law Report.

    Ioannidis, G. (2015). The Concept of ‘No Significant Fault’ in Anti-Doping Litigation. World Sports Law Report.

    Ioannidis, G. (2015). Contaminated Supplements in Sport. Solicitors Journal.

    Ioannidis, G. (2013). Dillian Whyte Appeal: Article 15 & Supplement Use. World Sports Law Report.

    Ioannidis, G. (2012). BOA v WADA: harmonisation v self-regulation. Denning Law Journal.

    Ioannidis, G. (2012). Analysis of UEFA’s rules on illicit chanting. World Sports Law Report.

    Ioannidis, G. (2011). Freedom of expression and public criticism of sporting officials. World Sports Law Report.

    Ioannidis, G. (2010). The Application of Criminal Law on Doping Infractions and the ‘Whereabouts Information’ Rule: State Regulation v Self Regulation. International Sports Law Journal.

    Ioannidis, G. (2009). The Caster Semenya Case: gender verification in sport. World Sports Law Report.

    Ioannidis, G. (2009). Greek FA accepts nationality restrictions violate EU law. World Sports Law Report.

    Ioannidis, G. (2009). Regulations 5.3 & 5.4 of the FIFA Regulations On the Status and Transfer of Players: A Case Study Before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. International Sports Law Journal.

    Ioannidis, G. (2007). Doping in sport, the rules on “missed tests”, “non-analytical finding” cases and the legal implications. International Sports Law Journal.

    Ioannidis, G. (2007). WADA code draft revision: questions remain. World Sports Law Report.

    Ioannidis, G. (2006). Legal Regulation of Doping in Sport and the Application of Criminal Law on Doping Infractions: Can A Coercive Response be Justified? International Sports Law Review.

    Book chapters

    Ioannidis, G. (2016). The Influence of Common Law Traditions on the Practice and Procedure Before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

    Ioannidis, G., & Grayson, E. (2000). Drugs, Health and Sporting Values.

    Ioannidis, G., & Panagiotopoulos, D. (2000). Sports Law and the system of sporting activity in Greece.

  • Other activities

    Editor – World Sports Law Report

    Resident Author – Solicitors Journal

  • Media

    A regular contributor to Sky News and BBC News with an international profile focusing on all anti-doping developments and general matters on sports law.

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