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The Maryland Journal of International Law has a long and prestigious history as a forum for scholarly discourse on a wide range of issues on international and comparative law.  Established in 1976 as the International Trade Law Journal, it was known as the Maryland Journal of International Law & Trade from 1984 until 1999.  Publication resumed under the current title in 2009.

The Journal presents balanced coverage on a broad range of topics related to international and comparative law and welcomes contributions from experts in the field, including scholars, judges, practitioners, journalists, and politicians.  Student-written works are also accepted.

In conjunction with the University of Maryland Carey School of Law’s International and Comparative Law Program, the Journal hosts an annual Symposium during the fall semester of the academic year.  Symposium proceedings and related articles are published the following spring.  Recent Symposia have addressed an array of topics in international and comparative law, including international arbitration, intervention in international armed conflict, and the extraterritorial reach of U.S. laws.

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MJIL Fall 2016 Symposium

Corruption in International Sports

During the full day symposium, international law and anti-corruption experts discussed the issues arising out of and solutions to corruption concerns in international sports. The symposium also touched upon other significant sports issues such as doping, gambling, match-fixing, athlete discipline, eSports, and more.

Alexandra Wrage of TRACE International, Inc., the morning keynote speaker, opened by sharing her experiences with FIFA’s Independent Governance Committee (IGC) from 2011 to 2013. The IGC was tasked with tackling the corruption in soccer’s international governing body.  She resigned when it became clear that the process was about the appearance of reform, not actual reform. The IGC was eventually disbanded.

For the first panel, FIFA’s Fraud: Exploiting the World’s Sport, Professor Bruce W. Bean of Michigan State University College of Law spoke about the global corruption landscape and how corruption in the business community has led to a relative lack of success in reforming FIFA. David W. Larkin, a sports attorney, anti-corruption expert, and co-founder of ChangeFIFA, discussed international sport administration, the FIFA corruption scandal, and why international sports is not getting any cleaner. Professor J. Gordon Hylton of the University of Virginia School of Law detailed how FIFA threatens banishment from international competition to keep national authorities from intervening in the internal football affairs.

During the second panel, The Olympic Toll: The Costs of Hosting the World, Brigida Benitez of Steptoe & Johnson, LLC, examined the adequacy of the International Olympic Committee’s rules and procedures dealing with corruption, and Professor Andrew B. Spalding of the University of Richmond School of Law sparked a passionate discussion after arguing that the Rio 2016 Games facilitated corruption reform in Brazil.  

Dr. Declan Hill, an independent journalist and senior research fellow at the University of Wuerzburg, presented his talk, “The Revolution,” as the afternoon keynote speaker. Dr. Hill detailed his investigation of match-fixing organizations and gangs, how a seismic shift has occurred in the world of sports gambling, and what can be done to protect vulnerable American sports.

The third panel, Combating Corruption Beyond the Pitch, expanded the discussion beyond sporting mega-events. Professor Pammela S. Quinn of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law explored how multinational corporate enterprises wield regulatory authority over multinational corporate enterprises in the international sports arena, while Dr. John T. Holden, visiting scholar at Florida State University College of Education, examined the fast-growing world of eSports, or competitive video gaming, as problems with doping, gambling-related match-fixing, and non-gambling related corruption impact the industry. Additionally, Aaron Zelinsky, assistant U.S. Attorney and adjunct professor at Maryland Carey Law, spoke about the boom in fantasy and online sports gambling in the U.S. and its expansion to other countries.

Punishing & Protecting International Athletes, the concluding panel, focused on doping among athletes, how they are sanctioned, and how they can fight back. Professor Daniel José Gandert of Northwestern University School of Law explained how the World Anti-Doping Code is enforced, how doping threatens the integrity of sports, and how doping represents corruption on an individual and state-sponsored level. Paul J. Greene, founding partner at Global Sports Advocates, LLC, shared two case studies of athletes who were wrongly sanctioned under the World Anti-Doping Code and the impact the wrongly imposed sanctions had on the athletes’ careers and lives.

Segueing from this topic and ending the symposium, Brendan Schwab, head of UNI World Athletes at UNI Global Union, provided the closing address. Schwab argued that the “global monolithic” nature of sports requires unionization to ensure that athletes’ rights are protected.

Financial support for the symposium was generously provided by The Gerber Fund. Also, special thanks go to the International & Comparative Law Program, the International Law Society, Professor Peter Danchin, Professor Maxwell Chibundu, Professor Michael Van Alstine, Professor Virginia Rowthorn, and Ms. Shyala Rumsey, who all contributed to the success of the symposium.

Digital Archives

Links to recent editions of the Maryland Journal of International Law are available below. Please use the drop-down menus in the navigation panel to search and browse all prior editions (through 1975) of the Journal.

Volume 30, International Investment Disputes: Arbitration, Litigation, and Investor-State Relations (2015)
Volume 29, The International Law and Politics of External Intervention in Internal Conflicts (2014)
Volume 28, Extraterritoriality Post-Kiobel: International & Comparative Legal Perspectives (2013)
Volume 27, China, Taiwan, and International Law: A Symposium in Honor of Professor Hungdah Chiu (2012)
Volume 26, Re-imagining International Clinical Law (2011)
Volume 25, Multilateralism and Global Law: Evolving Conceptions of International Law and Governance (2010)
Volume 24, Reflecting on the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (2009)

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Current Issue: Volume 31, Issue 1 (2016)

Front Matter


Note from the Editor
Yevgeniya Kalinina

Symposium: Introduction

Symposium: Articles and Essays



Notes & Comments

Editorial Board volume 31, 2015-2016

Editors In Chief
Yevgeniya Kalinina
Hannah He
Managing Editor
Akhila Rao
Executive Articles Editor
Justin Greer
Executive Notes Editor
Caroline Lee
Senior Editors
Stephanie Crawford
Sara Movahed
Amy Rappole
Julia Wagner
Staff Editors
Umber Aggarwal
Sidonie A. Becton
Emily T. Gallin
Catherine A. Lee
Lily I MacKenty
Martin A. McEnrue
Vincenzo Procopio
Cesar II Ruiz
Jennifer Elisa Smith
Faculty Advisor
Michael Van Alstine
Peter G. Danchin