Richard H. McLaren

Professor of Law, Western University - Canada Counsel, McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP

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Richard McLAREN, O.C., D.D.
Professor of Law, Western University - Canada
Counsel, McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP
Founder of Innovative Dispute Resolution Ltd.
and Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Global Sport Solutions Inc.

An internationally recognized expert in sports law and arbitration, Professor Richard McLaren has spent his career working at the highest levels to protect the integrity of sports.

Professor McLaren has lent his expertise across multiple sports. He has served with distinction in his dealings with salary arbitrations and Player/Agent disputes. He was consultant in the investigation into the illegal use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. He is currently an Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer for the Tennis Integrity Unit and President of the European Basketball Arbitral Tribunal. As a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2015 Independent Commission, he examined systemic doping and corruption in Russian athletics. In 2016, he lead the investigation into allegations of sample tampering at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Richard McLaren is a professor of Law at the Western University in London, Ontario; Chairman Emeritus Advisory Board, National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University; and Special Advisor to Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University. He is also Counsel to McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP and has extensive practical experience as commercial arbitrator and mediator.

Professor McLaren is a recipient of the Order of Canada by appointment of the Governor General of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian distinctions. He is also the recipient of the Board of Governors’ Recognition of Achievement Award, Canada Awards for Excellence and was recently presented with the Master of the Game Award.

Presentations at Play the Game conferences:

The remit of CAS in sports governance - Play the Game 2013

Play the Game

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