ALRF and ICSS sign cooperation agreement in Saint Petersburg


The Association of Lawyers of Russia (ALRF) and International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) signed a cooperation agreement during the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on June 4, 2021.

The agreement between the International Centre for Sports Security and Association of Lawyers of Russia will create a legal framework for mutually beneficial fruitful cooperation in order to maintain sports integrity and sports values, in particular implementation of the Kazan Action Plan, improvement of legal regulation of sports activities, and introducing modern legal educational programmes, Co-Chairman of the ALRF Victor Blazheev said.

“It is important to develop international cooperation in the sphere of sports law, join our efforts in ensuring sports integrity and counter unfair application of legal instruments regulating sports” Co-Chairman of the ALRF Sergey Stepashin added.

Commenting on the establishment of the new agreements, Massimiliano Montanari, the CEO of the ICSS said:

“First of all, I wish to sincerely thank the Qatari-Russian Center for Cooperation (QRCC) for making our presence at SPIEF possible, and for paving the way towards the signing of today’s agreements with ALRF and the SAIL Group. I have complete confidence in the aims and terms of these agreements and that our joint efforts and actions will soon become a useful source of information and knowledge that will be at the service of legal practitioners in Russia and beyond.”

Moreover, the ICSS has established cooperation with the Swiss Academy for International Law (SAIL) created by the ALRF and partner universities. One of the key areas of cooperation between the SAIL and ICSS will be the development and implementation of joint training programmes for specialists in the sphere of sport law, as well as encouraging the participation of young lawyers in legislative activities in sports.

“Sport in general and elite sports in particular, nowadays have become more complicated involving a wide array of stakeholders, the business sector, and even the political circles. The regulation of sport in all its aspects requires a sophisticated mechanism of standards, rules, and norms which together we refer to as “sport law” and which attracts   great attention all over the world. “Sport law” as an educational discipline is a part of a specialised legal course which follows a  bachelor’s programme and is oriented towards a more profound professional training of those lawyers who decide to dedicate themselves to a very complex, but at the same time, highly promising discipline  of legal regulation of sports activities. The SAIL Group is actively developing sport law studies and highly appreciates the opportunity to establish a cooperation in this field with the ICSS,” concluded Alexey Klishin, Rector of the SAIL; member of the ALRF Presidium.