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IDEMS - INSTITUTE FOR SPORT LAW AND MANAGEMENT

 

IDEMS, training and research center of Link Campus University, was founded with the specific aim to train and qualify professionals and managers in the area of law and sport management.

Within the Institute, in agreement with the Link Campus University, which supervises it, are established and organized the following courses:

  • Master of specialization;
  • Specialization courses;
  • Training courses;
  • Refresher courses;
  • Seminars and scientific initiatives useful to the training and qualification of the participants, as well as to the specific demands of the professional market.

 

The flagship of IDEMS is the MBA - Sport Law and Management.

 

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL 

 

MARIO PESCANTE - PRESIDENT OF THE IDEMS

Honorary member of the IOC, permanent observer member of the IOC at the United Nations Assembly, member of the National Council of CONI, former Vice-President of the IOC former President of CONI, former Secretary General of CONI, former Undersecretary of State for Cultural Heritage and Activities with responsibility for Sport, former Member of Parliament of the Italian Republic, former President of the XIV Commission for European Union Policies at the Chamber of Deputies.

PIERLUIGI MATERA - DIRECTOR OF THE IDEMS

Full Professor of Comparative Private Law and, in this capacity, Professor of Comparative Legal Systems and Company Law at Link Campus University, Rome. He also teaches Business and Corporate Law at Luiss and is a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. He is Director of IDEMS and coordinator of its MBA. He is a lawyer qualified to practice before the higher courts, member of the Rome Bar Association and is since March 2019 a member of the Sports Law and Sports Activities Commission of the same Association, as well as a member of the Scientific Committee of the National and International Arbitration Chamber since 2020. He was also Extraordinary Commissioner (DPCM of January 2, 2018) of the public body AeCI until January 4, 2019 and a member of the National Council of CONI; Deputy Attorney General of Sport at CONI; Deputy Extraordinary Commissioner of FIH; as well as Acting Commissioner for the statutory and regulatory changes of more than 25 Federations and DSAs. At CONI he has also been, by appointment of the National Board, Member of the new Technical Working Group on Sports Justice; as well as Member of the new Technical Working Group for the harmonization of the Principles of the CONI and the Federal Statutes and Regulations; and also coordinator of the Working Group on Sports Professionalism; as well as member of the Consultative Commission for the reform of Sports Justice of CONI - commission that has drafted the current Code of Sports Justice and related legislation. He has taught in numerous Italian and foreign universities and is the author of monographs, essays and scientific articles on comparative law, companies and financial markets. He is PhD in Comparative and Civil Law since 2004.

PIETRO LUIGI POLIDORI - HONORARY COUNCILLOR

President of the Link Campus University Foundation

CARLO ALBERTO GIUSTI - HONORARY COUNCILLOR

Rector of Link Campus University. He is full professor of comparative private law.

He has been appointed Consultant to the President of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry on the Banking and Financial System at the Senate of the Republic.

He has been appointed by the Minister of Justice as a member of the Ministerial Commission for the Reform of the Notarial Profession and of the Ministerial Commission for the Reform of Arbitration and Mediation at the Ministry of Justice.

He is a member of the Commission of Studies in Business Law of the National Council of Notaries, the Commission of Studies on Corporate Law of Confindustria, the Commission of Studies on Jurisdiction of the National Forensic Council and the Commission of Studies on Arbitration and Mediation of Unioncamere.

He is a member of the Association of North America Higher Education International (ANAHEI), the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the Italian Association of Comparative Law (AIDC).

He has been Legal Advisor to the Minister of Justice and Head of the Secretariat of the Vice President of the Superior Council of the Judiciary.

GIANFRANCO RAVA' - DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Coordinator of the Degree Course “Sport Business Management”. Former President of the Italian Federation of Time-keepers, member of the National Council of CONI, lawyer, President of the Chamber of Sports Law, former Extraordinary Commissioner of the Italian Federation of Equestrian Sports (FISE).

DIANA BIANCHEDI

Coordinator of the Degree Course in Economics and Sport Policies. Member of the Management Committee of the Foundation Milan Cortina 2026, vice-president of the Anti-doping Commission and health protection of the FIGC, former Vice-President of CONI, former Olympic athlete winner of 2 gold medals in foil team (Barcelona 1992 and Sydney 2000).

ALESSANDRO BENINCAMPI - DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Lawyer, Federal Prosecutor of the Italian Equestrian Sports Federation (FISE), former member of the Sports Law and Sports Activities Commission of the Bar Association of Rome, Adjunct Professor at Link Campus University.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

PIERFILIPPO CAPELLO

Lawyer, currently special counsel of the firm Withersworldwide, he deals with sport law since 1999.

Adjunct professor of private and sports law at the University of Pavia (Faculty of Medicine) and of sports law and contracts at the Cattaneo University of Castellanza (Faculty of Economics and Business), professor of Sport law and business at the LLM of IE in Madrid.

Referee of the Euroleague basketball arbitration panel.

ANGELO CITO

Angelo Cito is an Italian sports executive. President of the Italian Taekwondo Federation, member of CONI and leading exponent of various national and international sports organizations, his goal is to promote and spread ethical values in society and especially among young people. In particular, through Taekwondo, he has been committed to promoting over the years solidarity, respect, citizenship, inclusion and peace using as a means of propagation the great competitions and events.

VINCENZO CORSO

President of the Regional Sports Committee (CRS) Libertas Lazio, President of A.S.D. Hockey Club Rome, former member of the Federal Council of the Italian Hockey Federation (FIH) and of the Regional Council of Lazio.

MARCO GIUNIO DE SANCTIS

President of the Italian Bowls Federation, member of the National Council of CONI, former Secretary General of the Italian Paralympic Committee (CIP).

STEFANO FELTRIN

Lawyer expert in commercial and administrative law with particular focus on sports law and entertainment. Director of the Board of Directors of the Professional Cycling League. Member of federal justice bodies of several Federations. Former General Manager of professional cycling teams and General Counsel of teams of the America's Cup and The Ocean Race of Sailing; Consultant of Formula 1, Motogp and Superbike teams.

RICCARDO GABRIELLI

Senior Partner of Deloitte Associated Tax and Corporate Office, CONI consultant.

GAETANO LAGUARDIA

Federal Councillor and Senior Vice-President of the Italian Basketball Federation (FIP), former Extraordinary Commissioner of the Italian Referees Committee, former Member of the Regional Council CONI Lazio, former executive of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

SILVIA SALIS

Vice- President of the CONI.

Olympic athlete at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 (athletics, hammer throw). 

Fidal Federal Councillor from 2016 to 2020.

Coni National Councilor since 2017. Member of the Athletes Commission of the European Athletics Federation (European Athletics).

Graduated in Political Science in the academic year 2017/2018 with a thesis on FSNs and their reform perspectives.

GIORGIO SBARBARO

Lawyer, member of the Federal Guarantee Commission of the Italian Federation of Sport Fishing and Underwater Activities (FIPSAS) and of the Italian Federation of Equestrian Sports (FISE).

ALESSANDRA SENSINI

Vice-President of CONI, member of the National Council of CONI, former Olympic athlete winner of 5 medals in windsurfing (gold in Sydney 2000, silver in Beijing 2008, two bronze medals in Atlanta and Athens).

GHERARDO TECCHI

Entrepreneur in the construction industry. He has always been involved in the sporting world, starting with sailing and then following with volleyball, a discipline for which he was, for 15 years, coach of the Series A Women's section. In 1984 he founded the Alma Juventus Fano Gymnastics Society.

In 1988 he was elected Director in the Federal Executive of the Italian Gymnastics Federation, of which he became, in 2000, Deputy Vice President.

In 2016 he was elected, for the first time, President of FGI. He was reconfirmd president in 2020, with 90.5% of the preferences. Since 1998 he is Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by initiative of the President of the Republic Oscar Luigi Scalfaro.