Doping: Science, ethics & law

Recordings now available

Several of the lectures from the symposium held at the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters last year are now available.  Roger Pielke, professor at the University of Colorado, U.S.A, is among the prominent scientists that participated.

Guilty until the opposite is proven? April 26, 2017, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters invited to an open meeting where the challenges of anti-doping work were highlighted and debated.
Are the rules of law for the athletes taken care of? How can the athletes be ensured not to compete against unclean competitors? Are the penalties reasonable and adequate? Profiled speakers discussed current issues regarding analytical methods, ethics and law.

Available videos:

Roger Pielke, jr., Univ of Colorado: Scientific Integrity and Anti-Doping Regulation
Michele Verroken, Sporting Integrity,Ltd.: Does anti doping serve sports and athletes or its own interests?
Sigmund Loland, Norwegian School of Sports: The ethical dilemmas of doping
Jens Evald, Univ of Aarhus: Anti-Doping: The balance between efficiency and the rule of law.
Erik Boye, Oslo University Hospital: Scientific variability and fallibility
Odd O. Aalen: Statistical aspects: How to evaluate the uncertainty of diagnostic tests

Produced by Peter Mc Gee, Loring Films


Roger Pielke, Jr. has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado since 2001. He is the director of the Sports Governance Center within the Department of Athletics, having previously directed the university's Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. Pielke is the author of The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics and The Edge: The War Against Cheating and Corruption in the Cutthroat World of Elite Sports.

Michel Verroken is a qualified arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator, a former teacher and lecturer in sports science and physical education. She is the founding director of Sporting Integrity and former Director of Ethics and Anti-Doping at UK Sport, Michele created the UK's Drug Information Database, education programmes, Independent Doping Control Officer training and national anti-doping policy based on ISO-certified standards. Michele has significant experience in anti-doping programmes at national and international level.

Sigmund Loland is professor of sport philosophy and former Rector of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (2005-2013). He has published extensively within sport ethics, the ethics of performance-enhancing technologies, epistemology of movement, and the history of ideas in sport. Dr. Loland is former President of the International Association of the Philosophy of Sport (2002-03) and the European College of Sport Science (2011-13), and he is member of the Ethics Board of the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA)  (2004-).

Jens Evald is dr.jur, professor of sports law; Head of Sports Law Research Unit, Institute of Law, Aarhus University; Member of the Board of the Institute of Sport (1998-2007); Chairman of the Dispute Resolution Committee, Danish Kayak & Canoe Federation (2000-present); Vice Chairman Danish Sports Law Association (2001-2005); Chairman of the Board of Anti-Doping Denmark (2006-2012); Member the Political Commission, Danish Football Association (DBU) (2016-2017). He is author and co-author of more than a dozen books and numerous articles. His work includes books and articles on private law issues, legal history, legal philosophy, biographies and sports law.

Erik Boye is retired professor and department head, Institute for Cancer Research in Oslo. With a background in experimental cell biology and biochemistry he has a long experience with biochemical analytic techniques. Through the last five years he has been involved in evaluating the quality of antidoping analyses.

Odd O. Aalen is professor of biostatistics in the Medical school at the University of Oslo. He has been working on statistical methodology applied to medical research. He also has an interest in the statistical aspects of diagnostic testing.


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