News archive 2021

Dr Heiner Kahlert elected to IIHF Ethics Board

At the IIHF’s Congress held last weekend, Dr Heiner Kahlert was elected to the newly created Ethics Board of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) The Ethics Board is an independent body consisting of five equal members. In particular, it is responsible for investigating into alleged violations of the IIHF’s Code of Conduct. If the Ethics Board considers that a violation has occurred, it refers the matter to the Directorium or Disciplinary Board of the IIHF for a decision on displinary sanctions.

Article by Dr. Heiner Kahlert on athletes’ freedom of speech

Together with our former trainee lawyer Dr. Marie-Christin Bareuther, Dr. Heiner Kahlert has published an article in Germany’s most-read legal journal (NJW) on athletes’ freedom of speech during sports event. The article reports in particular on the IOC’s new guidelines that were adopted shortly before the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Compared to previous practice, the guidelines widen the scope of admissible political statements during the Olympic Games and increase to some extent legal security in respect of sanctions for any violations. In addition, the authors argue for a harmonized approach across different sports. The article was published on page 5 of NJW edition 23/2021.

Dr Heiner Kahlert appointed as member of AIBA’s Governance Reform Group

The International Boxing Association AIBA has appointed Dr Heiner Kahlert of Martens Lawyers as one of five international legal experts to sit on the newly created Governance Reform Group. The task of this independent body, which will be chaired by Professor Dr Ulrich Haas, will be to issue recommendations based on internationally accepted best practices in order to assist AIBA in meeting the highest standards of good governance. For AIBA’s corresponding press release, please click here.

New sports law organisation „Junges Netzwerk Sportrecht“

Dr. Heiner Kahlert and David Menz, together with Alexander Engelhardt and Niklas Luft, have established the sports law organisation "Junges Netzwerk Sportrecht". The organisation offers young lawyers from German-speaking countries, who have an interest in sports law, a forum for the exchange of ideas and additional legal training for . For further information on this organisation, including membership, please click here.
The first online event (German language) with the topic "Athletes' Rights in 2021" will take place on May 7, 2021, starting at 17:00. More information on the registration and the programme is available here.

If you are interested and for future events and news of the Junge Netzwerk Sportrecht, you can also join the Linkedin group.

Martens Lawyers holds Webinar on Quotient Rule

David Menz and Maximilian Wegge held a webinar with the topic "Quotient rule in amateur football- fair and just?" on 21 April 2021. The webinar provided information on the current situation in amateur football due to the Covid-19 pandemic and analysed the problems of determining the relegated teams of a cancelled season by applying a quota system.

Our CO2 Compensation for the Second Half of 2020

After our compensation payment to atmosfair on 02.06.2020, we have now also compensated our CO2 emissions in the amount of 21,740 kg for the second half of 2020. 
Due to the Covid19 situation, the carbon footprint of our law firm has been significantly reduce. In particular, business trips have become much rarer and, due to working from home, we have saved on commuting between the office and our homes. The carbon dioxide emissions nonetheless caused by our firm in the second half of 2020 have now been compensated by us. It bears noting that in doing so, we have added a generous supplement on the amount calculated for our office premises, in order to account for the increased energy consumption in our homes due to our home office arrangements. Once again, we paid the compensatory amount to atmosfair and, according to the certificate issued, 21,740 kg of CO2 greenhouse gases have been compensated.