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School of Transnational Governance

Integrity in Sports – The Existential Crisis of Sports Governance, Corruption and Match-Fixing

Programme Start Date



See detailed schedule below

Delivery mode



Badia Fiesolana


1.500 €

Application Deadline

19/09/2021 - 23:59 CEST

Programme Description

Sport is facing an existential crisis: unprecedented waves of scandals, doping, and match-fixing are shaking the public’s belief in sport, and participants’ faith in the organisations that govern it. The failure of comprehensive governance and regulatory oversights has allowed sports corruption to flourish. The governing bodies of sport, law enforcement bodies and other public authorities are neither prepared nor equipped with the resources to combat the toughest challenges facing sport in a century. Action is needed. A fundamental shift in approach is required to ensure that global practitioners are equipped with the knowledge and skill sets to combat sports corruption. To this end, “Integrity in Sports” executive training will provide intensive, hands-on, and practical education – developed “for practitioners, by practitioners” – that will teach participants the key concepts, help them access the tools and resources available, and equip them with the robust skills needed to combat sports corruption. The course is rigorous, but taught in clear, direct language by experts from around the world.

Duration and schedule

  • 20, 27 & 30 September (Online)
  • 4, 5, 6 & 7 October (Residential)

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Who should attend

Representatives of governments, public authorities, investigators, prosecutors, analysts, sports governing bodies (SGBs), including international and national federations or regional confederations, governmental betting integrity units, sports integrity managers, administrators from sports organisations, policy-making bodies, representatives of national platforms, anti-corruption agencies, or any practitioners charged with combatting corruption in sport.

Main topics

Participants will learn key investigative techniques and the legal framework for preventing and fighting sports corruption, and understand the interplay between sports corruption and the regulatory and governance frameworks.

This course will be predominantly focused on match-fixing and governance. Topics will include match-fixing (to include the scope of the problem, the globalisation of the gambling market, and tournament incentives), sports gambling fraud, betting monitoring, the economics of sports corruption, legal and regulatory frameworks, governance failures and how to prevent them, as well as the use of betting monitoring as intelligence and evidence, and prosecutions – in both the criminal investigative and sports disciplinary tracks.

How you will learn

The course is built around three sets of voices. The first of these, the “primary voices”, will include former match-fixers and betting syndicate members, who will share some hard truths and talk about their methods and means. Students will also hear from corrupted players and referees about their motives and the financial incentives involved. As widespread match-fixing is underpinned by the Asian gambling markets, we will have “offshore” bookmakers speaking openly about their jobs – and the corruption that pervades the industry.

The “secondary voices” will come from those fighting on the “front line” against match-fixing and corruption: sports officials, police investigators, and prosecutors, who have successfully pursued cases against fixers and would-be corruptors.

Academia will supply the “tertiary voices”, through the combination of theoretical frameworks and real-world experience of the challenges in fighting corruption in institutional settings and tackling pervasive governance failures in sports.


  • Portrait picture of Luis Poiares Pessoa Maduro

    Luis Poiares Pessoa Maduro

    Part-time Professor

    School of Transnational Governance

  • Portrait picture of Declan Hill

    Declan Hill

    University of New Haven

  • Portrait picture of Nick Raudenski

    Nick Raudenski

    Head of Intelligence & Investigations, International Testing Agency (ITA)


Fee 1.500 €

The course registration fee is set at EUR 1,500 per participant, excluding travel and accommodation. The residential part of the training will take place in Badia Fiesolana, a 15th century landmark venue that hosts the European University Institute.


Starlizard Integrity Services Scholarship Fund

The deadline to apply for the “Starlizard Integrity Services Scholarship” was August 30, 2021, 23:59.


Application deadline:
19/09/2021 - 23:59CEST

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