Judicial Experts Group
In May 2017, the BWF Council approved the membership of the External Judicial Experts Group.
This is a pool of external independent experts (legal, medical, scientific, anti-doping) who can be selected to be part of three-person panels to hear and judge a particular case.
Members of this group can serve on either an Ethics Hearing Panel (breaches of the Code of Ethics / Codes of Conduct related to betting, sports integrity and corruption) and / or a Doping Hearing Panel (breaches of the anti-doping regulations).
Members of the External Judicial Experts Group
- Mr Rune Bård Hansen (Chair)
- Ms Sylvia Schenk
- Mr Kevin Carpenter
- Ms Annabel Pennefather
- Prof. Dr Toni Graf-Baumann
- Dr P.S.M Chandran
Profiles of the External Judicial Experts Group
Mr Rune Bård Hansen – Chair
A judge on the Court of Appeals in Norway, Mr Rune Bård Hansen has chaired most of the BWF Doping Hearing Panels since 2012.
As Chair of the External Judicial Experts Group, Mr Hansen is responsible for reviewing case files that have been forwarded from the BWF Referral Officer and selecting members from the Experts Group to form a three person panel to serve on a hearing panel under the BWF Judicial Procedures.
Rune Bård Hansen has a Masters of Law and Political Science and has served in a variety of legal roles over the last 30 years including being a Police Attorney for eight years in Norway; an Attorney specialising in general and environmental crime; Chief of Police in the Vestfold Police District in Norway and a Vice Governor, Svalbard (Spitsbergen) before starting his service on the Court Of Appeals in 2008.
Rune Bård Hansen was involved in officiating in badminton for more than 30 years and was a BWF Certificated Umpire for 18 years until his retirement from on-court duties in 2013.
Ms Sylvia Schenk
An attorney at Herbert Smith Freehills in Frankfurt, specializing in compliance and sports law, and a Court of Arbitration (CAS) Arbitrator since 2007, Ms Sylvia Schenk is an adviser and board member in a wide range of organisations.
Among other roles, Sylvia Schenk is the Chair of the Working Group Sport, Transparency International Germany (since 2014); is a Board Member of the German Olympic Academy (since 2007); a Member of the Advisory Board on Data-Protection of Deutsche Bahn AG (since 2011); a Member of the INTERPOL Standing Committee on Ethical Matters (since 2016) and a Member of the Independent Human Rights Advisory Board of FIFA (since 2017).
Sylvia Schenk was a Member of the board of the National Olympic Committee for Germany (1994 to 1997); a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Cycling Federation (Union Cycliste Internationale – UCI) (2000 – 2005); the President of the German Federal Cycling Association (Bund Deutscher Radfahrer e.V. – BDR) (2001 – 2004); a Board Member of the German Chapter of Transparency International (2006 – 2013 and Chair 2007 – 2010) and Senior Advisor for Sport, Transparency International (2006 – 2014).
Mr Kevin Carpenter
A highly regarded international sports lawyer, Mr Kevin Carpenter has a reputation in relation to legal, regulatory and governance spheres across a diverse range of sports from volleyball and football to boxing, swimming and eSports. He is the Principal for his own consultancy business Captivate Legal & Sports Solutions.
Kevin has advised international federations, national governing bodies, players’ unions, inter-governmental organisations and other public bodies, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIFA, the Council of Europe and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), on all manner of integrity and ethical matters in sport. He has also represented participants in sport who have been accused of doping or match-fixing offences.
Kevin’s expertise and knowledge has led him to be make regular appearances internationally delivering presentations and commenting in the media on ethical issues in sport. In addition, his research and papers are published across a variety of forums.
Ms Annabel Pennefather
A practising lawyer with substantial experience in sports law and governance, Ms Annabel Pennefather is a Senior Consultant, Sports Law Practice, at Withers KhattarWong.
Annabel Pennefather is an Advocate and Solicitor admitted to practice in Singapore and a member of the Law Society of Singapore. Education includes LLB (Hons) (Singapore).
Her current offices include being a Member of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) independent Integrity Unit’s Disciplinary Tribunal, Deputy President of the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Judicial Commission and Vice President of the Singapore National Olympic Council.
Previous offices include being a Member of the IAAF Ethics Board, Vice President of the FIH and Chef de Mission for Singapore’s contingents at a number of major multi-sport Games such as the Manchester Commonwealth Games (2002), the Athens Olympic Games (2004), the Doha Asian Games (2006), the New Delhi Commonwealth Games (2010) and the Myanmar SEA Games (2013). She was also a Board Member of the Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee in 2010 and a Steering Committee Member for the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
In 2000 she was appointed a Justice of the Peace by the President of Singapore and in 2005 she was awarded the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Women and Sport Trophy for the Asian continent.
Mr James Kitching
James Kitching is an Australian-Italian lawyer, and the founder and managing director of Kitching Sports, the first specialist sports regulation and business firm in the Asia-Pacific region.
James is a recognised expert in the international sports law industry, with specialised knowledge in disciplinary and ethics procedures. He advises and acts for all parties connected to the international sports industry.
James is the former Head of Sports Legal Services, Disciplinary and Governance at the Asian Football Confederation, where he spent five years. During this time, he managed more than 500 investigations and prosecutions of conduct incompatible with AFC regulations, including cases of match manipulation, doping, corruption, forgery and falsification, and serious off-field misconduct, both before the AFC judicial bodies and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He was also responsible for the AFC regulatory framework, drafted event legal documents, oversaw legal matters at AFC competitions and advised Asian football stakeholders on governance matters.
James regularly lectures at conferences and postgraduate degree programmes on matters related to international sports law and business, and has published extensively. James currently serves and has served as a member of numerous disciplinary and judicial panels of international and national sporting federations.
Prof. Dr. Graf-Baumann
With an extensive background in medicine and law, academia, ethics and anti-doping for a wide range of organisations, Prof. Dr. Graf-Baumann has served on numerous BWF Doping Hearing Panels since 2012.
From February 1996 – 2009, Prof. Graf-Baumann was a Member of the Sports Medical Committee of FIFA and Deputy Chair of FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Center, Department of Medical Law, Ethics in Sport and Emergency Coordination.
He was also Chair of the FIFA Doping Control Sub-Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Doping-Control-Committee German Football Federation (DFB).
Since May 2013, he has been the Treasurer of the German Society for Medicine and Law and since October 2012, the President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Pain Therapy. Since October 2016, he has been Chairman of the Bachelor-Education for Physiotherapists Angell Academy Freiburg.
Prof. Dr. Graf-Baumann has been author and editor of numerous publications and journal papers including Anesthesia, Intive Care and Emergency Medicine; Medicine and Law; Medicine and Ethics; Manual Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine; Pain Therapy and Sports Medicine (American and British Journal of Sports Medicine).
Dr. P.S.M Chandran
A medical consultant for the Sports Authority of India, Dr. P.S.M Chandran has served on numerous BWF Doping Hearing Panels since 2012.
Dr Chandran has undertaken a wide range of roles in sports medicine in India. Among others, he is a Special Invitee for the All India Council of Sports, a Member of the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel of the National Anti -Doping Agency of India, a Trustee for Special Olympics, Bharat and is President of the Indian Federation of Sports Medicine.
He has served as the Physician for Indian delegations in a wide range of sports and national teams travelling to multi-sport games, continental, regional and world championships.
Dr Chandran has organised sports medical coverage and doping control at more than 100 national and international sports meets including World Cups, World Championships, Asia Cup, Asian Games, Asian Championships, South Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Davis Cup Tennis, Champions Trophy Hockey, IPL cricket and National Games since 1977.