Cornwall Street Barristers is one of the sponsors of the Birmingham Law Society’s ‘Race to the Commonwealth & Beyond’ conference taking place on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd July at the University of Birmingham. Chambers has links with the Commonwealth having undertaken work for the Commonwealth through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and has the Attorney General for the British Antartic Territories and General Counsel to the British Indian Ocean Terriroties, James Wood QC as a long standing associated Member.

Day 1 – Race to the Commonwealth and Beyond

Day one will address the law in sport, exploring its place in the modern game. After a mid-morning break, the main session will cover child abuse and exploitation, and how sports clubs prevent the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Alternatively, a breakout session will discuss access to data, and how sportsmen and women can be protected against the unsolicited use of their images.

The afternoon will start with the Race to the Commonwealth & Beyond, exploring race and what it means to the Commonwealth. Following a break, discussions turn to sports events and privacy issues with the question of has the pandemic changed our approach to the privacy of medical data?

Day one will end with a dinner, hosted in the historic and prestigious Great Hall at the University of Birmingham. The evening is set to be a night of entertainment and fundraising for our charity partner, ‘It’s a Penalty’.

Day 2 – Creating a Level Playing Field

Day two leads with international arbitration and mediation – inside and out of the world of sport, which poses the question as to why arbitration and mediation have become such popular mechanisms for resolving disputes. The morning is then divided into two sessions, the main session covering gender equality and its legal and policy challenges and a breakout session that discusses sports contracts thinking about what is fair and for whose benefit.

The final topic of the conference will be ethics and conduct in sporting regulation considering how far should the law go in regulating the ethics of sport.

Tickets to the event are free of charge, with the option of attending the mid-conference dinner on the Thursday evening for an additional fee.

To find out more and register for the event please click here