Johan Cruyff Institute launches first blended sports law diploma course in Colombia

March 5, 2021

The blended sports law diploma course (in Spanish), pioneer and unique in Colombia, analyzes the latest reforms in international sports law and brings together, in a final week of classes in Bogota, the best professionals in the country

The sports industry is governed by laws that not only must be known, but also known how to interpret in the resolution of conflicts, whether of international or national application. Johan Cruyff Institute will offer the first and only blended diploma course in sports law in Colombia, combining an online part dedicated to international law with a week of face-to-face classes on national law in Bogota.

The course will start on June 15 with the five-week online part of international law, and will continue in Bogota from July 19 for a final week in Bogota, where eight of the best professionals in sports law in Colombia will participate. The face-to-face classes will be held at the WeWork facilities in Bogota (carrera 11-calle 81) during the final week, which will also include two exclusive guided visits to sports clubs and institutions.

The first module on international sports law, designed and taught by Enric Ripoll, will analyze all aspects related to: the organization of sports entities; the contracting of professional athletes; FIFA transfers, solidarity, the training of youth players and intermediaries in the world of football; disciplinary procedures, ethics and good governance; anti-doping procedures, and alternative dispute resolution systems with federations and arbitration tribunals. Enric Ripoll is a prestigious Spanish lawyer with 14 years of experience in civil and administrative matters, specializing in international sports law and negotiation. Enric advises clubs, intermediaries, athletes and federations on labor contracts, image rights, disciplinary matters in match-fixing, financial fair play and anti-doping mesures, among others.

The program will delve into the essential aspects of sports law in Colombia in the second module. The classes in Bogota will cover topics such as the main modifications of the country’s new Sports Law; the prevention and resolution of conflicts in the National Chamber of Dispute Resolution (CNRD) and national sports tribunals; the management of industrial and intellectual property and image rights; the current legislation on marketing and sports sponsorship in Colombia; the labor relations of professional athletes in the country; taxation in Colombian sports; and the main modifications of the Colombian criminal code in relation to anti-doping procedures based on successful cases.

“This diploma course will not only allow to deepen the participants’ knowledge of sports law as a professional opportunity, but will also serve as a space for updating their knowledge due to the significant changes that have occurred in international sports legislation, and at the national level as the new sports law.” – Mauricio Monroy (Johan Cruyff Institute Colombia)

A most select faculty will be in charge of teaching this module: Mauricio Monroy, president of the Colombian College of Football Coaches (COCEF) and international agent of Johan Cruyff Institute in Colombia; Juan Carlos Salazar, a law graduate from the Universidad Libre de Colombia, specialised in administrative law with a master’s degree in intellectual property and new technologies, and currently the general director at BrandCop; Joe Bonilla, a member of the Board of Directors of América de Cali S.A. and of the Colombian Association of Sports Law, and a founding member and director of the South American Association of Football Lawyers, among others; Andrés Tamayo, legal director and general secretary of the Colombian Football Federation; Santiago Gaviria, a graduate of the Master in Sport Marketing and Sponsorship at Johan Cruyff Institute, and current head of marketing at Millonarios FC; César Mauricio Giraldo, founder of Grupo GHER, arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sports of the Olympic Committee of Panama, and director of the Diploma in Sports Law course at UPB Medellín; María Fernanda Cuestas, a law graduate from Universidad Externado de Colombia with specific experience in the area of tax law; and Juan José Oliveros, a graduate of the Master in Taxation at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Mauricio Monroy considers that “this diploma course comes at an excellent time because it will not only allow all those interested to deepen their knowledge of sports law as a professional opportunity, but will also serve as a space for updating their knowledge due to the significant changes that have occurred in international sports legislation, and at the national level as the new sports law, criminal liability in relation to doping and new jurisprudence in labor matters with professional athletes.”

The program is aimed at all those people who, already having notions of sport management and organization, wish to complete their training with a specialized course in sports law that will give them the knowledge to identify the different legal aspects that come into play in sport management and the tools to resolve the conflicts that professionals in the sector face on a daily basis.

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Sports Law Diploma Course in Colombia

The main objective of the Sports Law Diploma Course, combining a five weeks online part with a week of face-to-face classes on national law in Bogota, is to provide participants a knowledge of the international sports law, as well as the Colombian national law, and identify the different legal aspects that come into play in sport management and the tools to resolve the conflicts that professionals in the sector face on a daily basis.

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