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Michael J. Beloff, QC Biography

English barrister (British lawyer)
Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“The objects of doping control are clear. The essence of a sporting contest is that it should be fairly conducted, with the competitor’s success or failure being the result of natural talents: speed, skill, endurance, tactical awareness – honed, it may be, by instruction, training and body maintenance in its widest sense. The much used metaphor – a level playing field – derives from sport. The use of drugs violates all such notions of equality: the drug taker starts with an unfair advantage. Success becomes the product of the test tube, not the training track. The interests of innocent athletes need protection by punishment of the guilty.”

Michael J. Beloff, “Drugs, Laws and Versapaks,” Drugs and Doping In Sport, ed. John O’Leary, 2001

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Practicing lawyer, Blackstone Chambers (England)
  • President, British Association of Sport and Law
  • Ethics Commissioner, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2004-present
  • Chairman, International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct Commission, 2002-present
  • Arbitrator, Olympic Games, 1996-2008
  • Former President, Trinity College, Oxford University, 1996-2006
  • Visiting Professor, University of Buckingham, 2006
  • Senior Ordinary Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, 2005
  • Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, 1996
  • Consultant Editor, Judicial Review Bulletin, Oxford Law, University of Oxford
  • Editor, Sweet & Maxwell International Sports Law Review
  • Deputy Judge, Queen’s Bench Division, 1989-1996
  • First Chairman, Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association, 1986-1989
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1981
  • MA, Law, University of Oxford
  • BA, History, University of Oxford
  • Named one of six barristers in The Times (UK) List of the 100 Most
  • Influential Lawyers in Great Britain, 2008
  • Treasurer, Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, 2008
  • Ranked as the United Kingdom’s ‘First Sports Lawyer To Call’, Times Online, 2007
  • Named one of the ‘Top Ten Currently in Law Practice’, The Independent, 2001
  • Named one of the ‘Top Ten Barristers of the Decade’, Legal Business, 1999
  • Winner, Women’s Defense League award, 1991
  • Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences
  • Honorary Vice-President, Oxford University Law Society
  • Recipient, Honorary doctorate, Farleigh Dickinson University
  • Has lectured on law in Beijing, Vancouver, Moscow, Berlin, Nuremberg, Monte
  • Carlo, Salzburg, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dublin, Auckland, Kuala Lumpur,
  • Tokyo, Madras, Charlottesville, New Orleans, and throughout the United Kingdom