Professor Richard McLaren OC DD

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)

Western University Canada, Canada
Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Canada


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

Richard is involved in the adjudication of sports-related disputes at both the amateur and professional level. As a member and arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS), he has arbitrated key sport cases around the world. As an Ad Hoc Panel Member of CAS, he has participated in five Olympic Games during which he resolved disputes pertaining to anti-doping, athlete eligibility and intellectual property rights.

Richard has lent his expertise across multiple sports. He has served with distinction as an arbitrator for the National Hockey League (Canada/United States), dealing with salary arbitrations and player/agent disputes for the NHL Players’ Association. In 2007, he was a consultant in the independent investigation into the illegal use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs by players in Major League Baseball. He is currently an Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer for the global Tennis Integrity Unit and President of the European Basketball Arbitral Tribunal.