Drugs and sport

War on doping not a reason to disregard rule of law, says Martin Hardie.

Martin Hardie
Martin Hardie

Deakin University's Martin Hardie will be one of the keynote speakers at the Rule of Law Institute Australia's conference on November 15 at The Mint in Sydney.

Hardie will discuss how the so-called "just war on doping” justifies the disregard of the rule of law, constitutional guarantees and human rights.

"Instead of proper legal processes, there is a shift towards governance through non-legal measures, at the expense of certainty, fundamental protections and the rights of athletes themselves," he says.

"In the society of competition, competition itself becomes the highest (or most efficient) form of governance."

Martin Hardie has led the world on the issues of drugs in sport, governance and the law.

He has closely monitored the International Cycling Union's handling of its drug scandals, most notably that of Lance Armstrong.

He has also been at the fore of Australia's own drug controversies around the alleged use of peptides in rugby league and Australian football, questioning the way that the AFL and ASADA, Australia's anti-doping agency, have handled the matters.

Other speakers are the former head of ASADA, Richard Ings, sports lawyer Tim Fuller, sports psychologist Patsy Tremayne and sports journalist Tracey Holmes.

Philip Boulten SC, President of the NSW Bar Association will open the conference and participate on the closing panel.

Register to hear Martin Hardie and his fellow speakers.

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