IAAF appoints Tafsir Malick Ndiaye into Ethics Commission

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Senegal’s Tafsir Malick Ndiaye has been appointed into the IAAF Ethics Commission by IAAF Council for a four year term, following the approval by the IAAF Congress last year of the IAAF Code of Ethics which came into force on January 01, 2014.

Tafsir Malick Ndiaye (Senegal)

Tafsir Malick Ndiaye (Senegal)

Born in Kaolack, Senegal on February 7, 1953, Judge Tafsir Malick Ndiaye was educated in Paris, France.

He holds a Diploma from the Institute of Advanced International Studies, University of Paris and a two postgraduate diplomas; in public law, specializing in public international law and, in political studies, specializing in international relations from the University of Paris.

The 61-year-old also has a diploma from the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations, The Hague Academy of International Law and a Doctor of Law from the University of Paris.

Ndiaye started out as a Lecturer at the University of Dakar, Senegal in 1984. He then held several professional positions as follows: Director of the Research Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Dakar (1985), Counsel and Co-Agent of the Government of Senegal in the case of the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Senegal and Guinea-Bissau (1985), Arbitration Tribunal, Geneva (1986–1989), International Court of Justice, The Hague (1989–1991) and was an Adviser to the Government of Senegal on Senegambia in 1986.

He became a UN consultant (undertook several missions for the UN, 1989), Legal Adviser to the Senegalese Government in the negotiations concerning Senegal’s commercial debt, London Club (1989) and was Visiting professor at various universities and lecturer at The Summer Academy of The International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (2008, 2009, 2010); the Nippon Foundation’s Capacity building programme concerning International Disputes Settlement (2009, 2010, 2012).

Ndiaye has authored many books and numerous articles and papers in the fields of international law, constitutional law and international organisations

The seven members of the IAAF Ethics Commission appointed are:

  1. Michael BELOFF (GBR) – Chairperson
  2. Kevan GOSPER (AUS)
  3. Akira KAWAMIRA (JPN)
  4. Thomas MURRAY (USA)
  5. Tafsir Malick NDIAYE (SEN)
  6. Carlos NUZMAN (BRA)
  7. Lauri TARASTI (FIN)

The IAAF Ethics Commission is an independent judicial body established by the Congress in accordance with Article 5.7 of the IAAF Constitution.

Download the IAAF Code of Ethics below:
IAAF Code of Ethics in force as from 1st January 2014

Composed of seven members appointed by IAAF Council, three of these members are individuals with a legal background and who also have a significant involvement with sports. Members of the Commission cannot be current members of the IAAF Council nor belong to any other IAAF body. They may be appointed for a maximum of two terms of four years.

One of the seven members has been appointed Chairperson of the Commission by the IAAF Council and the Chairperson will in turn appoint a Deputy Chairperson from amongst the other six members. The Commission will be assisted by a secretary who is independent from the IAAF and appointed by the Chairperson.

A panel of the Commission consisting of at least 3 members appointed by the Chairperson shall conduct hearings to adjudicate on proceedings before it. In exceptional cases, a panel of more than 3 members may be appointed (either 5 or 7 members). Commission hearings shall be confidential, with only the decision of the panel being made public.

“The IAAF’s adoption of a new Code of Ethics and the appointment of an Ethics Commission are a clear statement of our determination to defend the reputation and credibility of Athletics,” commented IAAF President, Lamine Diack.

“The independence of the Commission, which is composed of seven renowned and respected members, and the powers and sanctions available to it are clearly defined by the Code. They signify that corruption will not be tolerated in any form, or at any level, within the global athletics family.”

“I am honoured to share with so distinguished a group responsibility for ensuring that the premier Olympic sport maintains the highest standards of probity in all its activities and so commands the confidence of all who love athletics,” said IAAF Ethics Commission Chairperson Michael Beloff.