Brendan Schwab

The Executive Director of the World Players Association, Brendan Schwab, brings expertise in organising, labour and human rights law, collective bargaining and dispute resolution, particularly in professional team sports, after 25 years in leading major player associations and representing elite athletes in Australia and around the world. Before assuming his current position in July 2015, Brendan played an instrumental role for FIFPro, the world footballers association, in supporting players throughout the world. He served FIFPro as a board member, Vice President and as Chair of FIFPro Asia/Oceania. He acted as a judge of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber and, as a member of the FIFA Players’ Status Committee, helped drive FIFA’s ban of the third-party ownership of players. Brendan co-founded and led the Australian Athletes’ Alliance, which represents eight player associations and over 3,500 athletes in sports such as Australian rules, basketball, rugby union, rugby league, cricket, netball, horse racing and football. He also co-founded Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), serving as Chief Executive and General Counsel while advancing its profession and the reform of the Australian football industry. This saw the creation of a new professional league, Australia’s engagement with Asia and the creation of programs to support the holistic development of players during and after their athletic careers. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Business Administration.

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Caster Semenya, the IAAF, sport and human rights

Dear Lord Coe, I refer to last week’s proceedings in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) involving Caster Semenya and the IAAF’s eligibility regulations for the female classification (athletes withdifferences of sex development), which the IAAF proposes to take effect on 26 March 2019 (“the proposed Regulations”). The...

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