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A training offered by the Lagos Court of Arbitration in Collaboration with Olisa Agbakoba Legal.


This Virtual Training is spread over five days

Introduction, Overview of the Sports ecosystem

An overview of the Nigerian, African and Global Sports Landscape (labour, Contract, Sports Integrity, commercial opportunities) Sports as a regulated sector. Sports governance (international federations and national bodies roles and WADA)

Why do we need Sports Dispute Resolution mechanisms?

Overview of Sports Dispute Resolution. ● The attitude of Courts to Sports Dispute Resolution

Understanding Dispute Resolution Systems in Sports. How are Sports Disputes resolved?

Multi dispute management and resolution styles. The role, function and qualities of a mediator.  Mediation techniques. Sports ADR Forums

Comparative analysis of sports dispute resolution systems across the globe

The impact of International Sports Law on the development of Global Arbitration Sports Rules and case laws. The Nigerian/ West African situation

Nature and Variety of sports disputes that can arise

Employment Disputes; Team Selection Appeals; Eligibility; Governance & Ethics; Other Disciplinary Matters ; Safeguarding; Commercial disputes

Review of various high-level sports law disputes across the globe and Africa

The best ADR mechanism for Sports Dispute Resolution is………? (a consideration of all ADR mechanisms and why mediation may be best suited to sports dispute resolution)

The Lagos Court of Arbitration - Sports Tribunal, Rules and Procedures.

The unveiling of the Lagos Court of Arbitration – Sports Tribunal, Rules and Procedures.


Practical Sessions

Online Access

Attend from the comfort of your home. Breakout rooms. 


Beverley Agbakoba-Onyejianya


Beverley Agbakoba-Onyejianya is a regulatory and compliance professional and a lawyer. She is called to the Nigerian and UK bar. She is on the panel of neutrals at the Lagos Multi Door Court and the Lagos Court of Arbitration. She has over twelve years professional experience in the banking and capital markets sectors in the United Kingdom and Nigeria.

Her broad experience in the regulatory and compliance industry covers investment banking, brokerage and fund management sectors and has seen her hold various leadership roles in regulatory and compliance sector.

She is currently Head of the Sports, Entertainment and Tech practice at Olisa Agbakoba Legal. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) Sports thematic Industry group on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Youth Policy Development. She is also a member of the Lagos Divisional Football Association.

As a thought leader, Beverley has contributed on several panels such as the CNN Africa Freedom day panel on sports slavery and trafficking, she has also written a paper titled “Health Tech in Nigeria: A Legal Perspective” which mirrors the current regulatory landscape for the health tech sector in Nigeria. She was also a panelist on the sports law session for the Benin chapter of the Young Bar Forum and the Stakeholders Roundtable on Sports Business and Dispute Resolution organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Center (LACIAC) which she moderated.

The author of several articles, her article titled “Minors in football in Nigeria: Safeguarding their rights and Securing their Interests” remains the most highly ranked article on sports slavery in Nigeria.

Her interest in sports and youth development led her to set up the Lagos Tigers Football Club (LTFC) in 2012 . She is also a legal and compliance writer, facilitator and regularly gives lectures and shares her expertise through flagship programs such as SME Radio and Sports Parliament. She also raises awareness on regulatory and compliance issues and the development of Sports, Entertainment and Technology law as an emerging practice area in Nigeria.

For her numerous contributions to the development of Sports and Intellectual Property in Nigeria, Beverley was recently presented with an award at the World Intellectual Property Day event hosted by Friends of the Creator Artistic Foundation an NGO that has been supporting the development of Intellectual Property rights in Nigeria

Prof Ike Ehiribe FCIArb, FAiADR, C.Arb, QDR. Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator & Accredited Mediator.

Ike was called to the Nigerian Bar (1982) and to the Bar of England and Wales (1996) by the Honourable Society of Lin- coln’s Inn. He is a Fellow (1994) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London and also a Chartered Arbitrator (2007). He is a Fellow of the Asian institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution based in Singapore; an accredited mediator of the Academy of Experts in Gray’s Inn; as well as a CEDR Mediator in Investor – State Disputes. He is an international arbitrator and dispute resolver practising out of 7 Stones Com- mercial & IP Chambers based in London and is listed on the United Nations affiliated WIPO Panel of Neutrals based in Geneva. He was an officer of the African Council of the Lon- don Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) between 2013 – 2019.

He is currently listed on the CAS Panel of Arbitrators for Football in Lausanne, and has resolved a considerable number of Football related disputes either as Chairman of Tribunal or Sole Arbitrator or Co-Arbitrator. He is a Visiting Professor and Fellow at the Centre for Interna- tional Legal Studies (CILS) in Salzburg; a part-time Professor of Law at the School of Law, Christchurch Canterbury Uni- versity, England.

He is an approved tutor, trainer and assessor on the arbitration, adjudication and mediation training courses of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London.

Joseph Siyaidon Esq, MCIArb

Joseph is an associate in the Dispute Resolution and Sports Entertainment and Technology practice groups at OAL. He has garnered extensive experience from assisting clients in corporate/commercial, compliance and dispute resolution in different sectors across Nigeria, UAE and GCC

As an upcoming International arbitration practitioner, he interned with the Arbitration Team at Al Tamimi & Company in Dubai where he was involved in several high-profile arbitrations administered under the rules of LCIA, DIFC – LCIA, DIAC, ICC, ICSID, SIAC, SCC, and UNCITRAL. He was also involved in the drafting of a new UNCITRAL Modeled Arbitration Legislation for Uzbekistan. Joseph is listed in the “New List of Arbitrators of African Descent with US Nexus”

As an in-house counsel, he led the legal and compliance team of Promax and Complaint Holdings Limited, a multinational investment consortium that he advised and incorporated in Dubai International Financial Centre DIFC.

Joseph is a global ambassador to Arbitrator Intelligence, the US-based legal tech startup with a mission to promote diversity, inclusion, and transparency in international arbitration through the use of data and technology.

Who Should Attend

Sports Administrators; Sports Professionals; Club Owners; Sport Facility Managers; Lawyers; Sport Federations and Associations; Mediators and Students


The course fee is N40,000.00 An early bird discount of 15% applies for registrations before the 31st of January 2021.

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