The Rights of Athletes

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law proudly presents

Brendan Schwab, Director of International Player Relations

23 September 2013
Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne


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Paper: 'The Rights of Athletes'

Presentation: 'The Rights of Athletes'

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'The current scandal over the use of "supplements" at the Essendon Football Club has highlighted the intersection between human rights and the workplace in the rarefied world of professional sport.

The Essendon saga has raised issues with relevance beyond elite sport, including due process for those accused of wrongdoing, workplace health and safety, privacy and labour rights.  Brendan Schwab will reflect on these issues and place them in the broader context of athlete's rights, using examples from around the world.

Brendan Schwab is the Director of International Player Relations (IPR), a specialist legal, advocacy and advisory firm, which promotes cooperation and innovation between employees and employers in professional sports. In 1993, Brendan co-founded Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) as its original lawyer and was then its Chief Executive for almost 15 years. 

Among Brendan's current roles, he is a member of the Board of FIFPro, the world footballers' union based in The Netherlands, Chairman of FIFPro Asia/Oceania and a judge on FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber, which adjudicates disputes between professional footballers and clubs.  Brendan is also the General Secretary of the Australian Athletes' Alliance (the Triple A) which he co-founded in 2007. The Triple A represents nine player unions and over 3,000 athletes in sports such as AFL, basketball, rugby, rugby league, cricket, netball, swimming, horse racing (jockeys) and, of course, football.  Brendan holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Business Administration from RMIT.