Save the Date - Beecroft Lecture 2024

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law’s Maureen Arellano to serve as guest speaker for the Saltman Center’s annual lecture series

Maureen Arellano Weston has been selected as the 2024 Beecroft Lecture presenter. A professor of law at Pepperdine University’s Caruso School of Law, Weston also serves as director of the school’s entertainment, media, and sports dispute resolution project. 

Weston will present on “Arbitrating Sports, Politics & Human Rights: Who Decides?” on February 22, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. at the Thomas and Mack Moot Court on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Arbitration is the designated and largely exclusive mechanism to resolve sports-related disputes, particularly in Olympic and international sports. The Olympic Charter designates the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as the only dispute resolution institution for resolving sports-related international arguments between and among athletes, teams, and sport governing bodies from more than 200 countries, plus “individual neutral athletes” who compete without country affiliation.

The disputes before the CAS are not simply about who won or lost a game or match but instead have far-reaching implications related to politics, athlete abuse and safety, doping, corruption, and human rights.

Professor Weston’s lecture will examine private arbitration in the context of international sports. Among the questions she will consider are whether these private arbitration mechanisms should make decisions on matters with political and human rights implications, especially when these decisions involve consequences and protections of broader international human rights conventions. Professor Weston will discuss recent cases and issues in international sports arbitration leading up to the 2024 Summer Games in Paris. 

Named in honor of Chris Beecroft, Jr., and generously co-sponsored by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Nevada , the prestigious Beecroft Lecture Series is hosted annually by the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution and features the nation’s foremost ADR authorities. Each year, the Saltman Center invites renowned ADR scholars to present their research and share insights on a variety of topics related to conflict and conflict resolution.