Safeguarding in sport - the role of International Federations webinar series - 6 and 13 July

Our International Sports Group and Safe Sport International (SSI) have teamed up to run two live panel sessions exploring the role of International Federations in safeguarding in sport, and what they can do to help eliminate violence, abuse and harassment against athletes of all ages. These sessions will be useful and insightful for all those involved or interested in safeguarding in sport, but particularly for those working at or with International Federations.

Tuesday 6 July

15:30 - 17:00 BST
16:30 - 18:00 CET

The first session, chaired by Anne Tiivas OBE, Chair of SSI, will take a broad look at the challenges faced in addressing safeguarding in sport in the international context and discuss the key messages for international federations in terms of creating an athlete centred approach to safe and inclusive sport for all. 


Annamarie Phelps CBE OLY, is an advocate for safe and inclusive sport for all. She is Chair of the British Horseracing Authority, the governing and regulatory body for horseracing in Great Britain, Vice Chair of the British Olympic Association, and an Associate Consultant to Safe Sport International.

Professor Amos N Guiora, Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah. Professor Guiora is author of 'Armies of Enablers' (, which focuses on survivor accounts, including in cases arising in US Sport (USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University and The Ohio State University). He is actively involved in bystander and enabler legislation efforts both in the U.S. and internationally.

Stephanie Dixon, Stephanie Dixon is a Canadian swimmer who represented Canada in three Paralympic Games, winning seven gold medals and setting world records. She is an international speaker, sharing her story, and promoting accessible, inclusive and safe sport. She is a member of the Order of Canada and is passionate about contributing to a just, equitable and sustainable world where everyone feels safe, valued, and supported.

Joanna Maranhao, is a former Brazilian Olympic middle distance swimmer, who represented Brazil in the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. She has a bachelor in physical education, is an activist and a survivor of sexual abuse at age 9, pursuing a Master kin Sports Ethics and integrity, looking forward to building a safer environment for young athletes.

Tuesday 13 July

15:30 - 17:00 BST
16:30 - 18:00 CET

The second session, chaired by Richard Bush, Partner in Bird & Bird's International Sports Group, will focus on what International Federations can/should do to promote safeguarding in sport in the international context from a legal/regulatory perspective.


Janice Shardlow, a lawyer who specialises in governance and integrity issues and is an Associate Consultant to Safe Sport International, working with International Federations to support their development of policy and guidance and providing safeguarding training.

Áine Power, Deputy Legal Director at the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), who played a major role in implementing the FEI Safeguarding Policy Against Harassment and Abuse.

Kat Craig, an award-winning human rights lawyer who has extensive expertise in civil, public and international human rights law, and who has advised on accountability and grievance mechanisms in the sporting and non-sporting context. She is founder and CEO of sport and human rights consultancy Athlead.

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