Catherine Ordway


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National Sport Integrity Framework

1996 …2023

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Catherine is Associate Professor (Sports Management).  Catherine lectures in Sports Integrity, Ethics & Law (UG) and Leadership in Sport (UG).  She was awarded her PhD by Publication at the University of Canberra on anti-corruption strategies in sport in 2019.  Catherine has developed and taught a number of sports management and sports law subjects at the Masters level at institutions including: the University of Canberra, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, and the University of New South Wales.  Catherine continues to lecture in ‘Sports Integrity & Investigations’ in the University of Melbourne Masters of Law program and is a Senior Fellow.  Catherine is an international expert in the field of integrity in sport, and has specialised in anti-doping policy for twenty years.  Catherine has published on sports integrity, governance and gender equality issues and is a sought-after media commentator and conference presenter.

Catherine was an Australian squad member in the Olympic sport of handball, competed for the Australian Capital Territory in rugby union, and fenced at intervarsity.  Catherine is a sports lawyer and has a Graduate Diploma in Investigations Management (Policing).  Catherine acted for the Australian Olympic Committee in a legal capacity in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.  Catherine has extensive experience in international anti-doping administration and has consulted on projects including the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Bid, the Budapest 2024 Olympic Games Bid, and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Catherine is a member of the UN Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) Anti-Corruption Academics Initiative, and the Education for Justice expert group, developing the Gender Ethics Module.

Catherine has served on numerous ethics and anti-doping committees in Australia and internationally, and currently supports: the World Anti-Doping (WADA) Social Science Expert advisory Group, the International Cricket Council Independent Review Board, the National Sports Tribunal and the Asian Racing Federation Council for Anti-Illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime. Catherine sits on the International Sports Law Journal editorial board and is an expert contributor to the Australian Sports Commission Clearinghouse.  Catherine received an Edna Ryan Award in 2016 for her long-term commitment to promoting women in sport.  Catherine was a Visiting Scholar at Washington & Lee University, USA.


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, LLB Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide


Award Date: 4 May 1993

Bachelor, BA(Jur), University of Adelaide


Award Date: 2 May 1991

External positions

Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne

2014 → …


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