Who's Who Legal names sports lawyer Dr Emir Crowne among the best in the world

By July 16, 2019

WhosWhoLegal has selected Trinidadian/Canadian attorney, Dr. Emir Crowne, as one of the best sports lawyers in the world. He is the first Caribbean sports lawyer to be recognised in this manner.

Since 1996, Who's Who Legal has identified the foremost legal practitioners in multiple areas of business law. Their website site features over 24,000 of the world's leading private practice lawyers and 2,500 consulting experts from over 150 national jurisdictions.

Dr Crowne has represented a number of Caribbean athletes during anti-doping hearings in recent years including successful matters involving Jamaican quarter-miler Riker Hylton and Kaliese Carter (nee Spencer).

Honoured by the recognition, he suggested that the time might be right for the establishment of a Caribbean sports tribunal.

“It’s a great honour and a privilege to be recognized as one of the world’s leading sports lawyer by WhosWhoLegal. They do have a fairly impressive list of sports lawyers throughout the world that have received that recognition, and so it is a great honour,” said Crowne, who is now a trailblazer in this regard.

“I am the first Caribbean lawyer to receive that honour and perhaps it’s a sign that there is growing expertise in the area of sports law in the Caribbean and perhaps when it comes to issues of governance, team selection and doping that those issues could be decided in a more legalistic fashion.”

He cited the recent case of Jamaican hurdler Danielle Williams who has been side-lined by her federation over her refusal to leave the track after being disqualified for a false start at the Jamaican championships in late June.

The JAAA subsequently released a statement saying that Williams, the 2015 world champion, would not be considered for selection for the country’s team to the IAAF World Championships in September.

It’s president Dr Warren Blake has even suggested that even if Williams wins the Diamond League and earns an automatic berth at the championships, the JAAA would have the final say on whether she will be allowed to compete or not, something that Dr Crowne and others have said would be a breach of IAAF regulations.

“One only needs to look at the Danielle Williams matter. As far as I can see, it has been hashed out in the media but there is no real recourse for her in terms of a sporting tribunal,” Dr Crowne said.

“If I need to use the receipt of this award to shed some light as to the need for the Caribbean as a whole to set its mind to set up these sporting tribunals, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts, everywhere, so that athletes can have some means of redress, then I will do that.”

Meanwhile, WhosWhoLegal has invited Dr Crowne to publish a profile in the Sports chapter of the forthcoming WWL: Sports & Entertainment 2019 edition.

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