Independent Hearing Panel

The Independent Hearing Panel (IHP) has a general jurisdiction on cases arising from the BWF Statutes. The IHP acts as a first instance hearing panel for Integrity and Ethics cases, and as an appeal panel for Sports cases and for Continental Confederation governance cases (Article 7.5 of the Judicial Procedures).

The IHP is a pool of no fewer than seven members who may be called upon to serve on hearing panels.


Independent Hearing Panel Members

  • Mr Rune Bård Hansen (President)
  • Ms Sylvia Schenk
  • Mr Kevin Carpenter
  • Mr James Kitching
  • Prof. Dr Toni Graf-Baumann
  • Dr P.S.M Chandran

Profiles of the External Judicial Experts Group

Mr Rune Bård Hansen – President

A judge on the Court of Appeals in Norway, Mr Rune Bård Hansen has served on many Doping Hearing Panels and Ethics Hearing Panels from 2012 – 2019.

As President of the Independent Hearing Panel, Mr Hansen is responsible for reviewing case files that have been forwarded from the BWF Referral Officer and selecting members from the IHP to form hearing panels under the BWF Judicial Procedures.

Rune Bård Hansen has a Masters of Law and Political Science and has served in a variety of legal roles over the last 30 years including being a Police Attorney for eight years in Norway; an Attorney specialising in general and environmental crime; Chief of Police in the Vestfold Police District in Norway and a Vice Governor, Svalbard (Spitsbergen) before starting his service on the Court Of Appeals in 2008.

Rune Bård Hansen was involved in officiating in badminton for more than 30 years and was a BWF Certificated Umpire for 18 years until his retirement from on-court duties in 2013.

Ms Sylvia Schenk

An attorney at Herbert Smith Freehills in Frankfurt, specializing in compliance and sports law, and a Court of Arbitration (CAS) Arbitrator since 2007, Ms Sylvia Schenk is an adviser and board member in a wide range of organisations.

Among other roles, Sylvia Schenk is the Chair of the Working Group Sport, Transparency International Germany (since 2014); is a Board Member of the German Olympic Academy (since 2007); a Member of the Advisory Board on Data-Protection of Deutsche Bahn AG (since 2011); a Member of the INTERPOL Standing Committee on Ethical Matters (since 2016) and a Member of the Independent Human Rights Advisory Board of FIFA (since 2017).

Sylvia Schenk was a Member of the board of the National Olympic Committee for Germany (1994 to 1997); a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Cycling Federation (Union Cycliste Internationale – UCI) (2000 – 2005); the President of the German Federal Cycling Association (Bund Deutscher Radfahrer e.V. – BDR) (2001 – 2004); a Board Member of the German Chapter of Transparency International (2006 – 2013 and Chair 2007 – 2010) and Senior Advisor for Sport, Transparency International (2006 – 2014).

Mr Kevin Carpenter 

A highly regarded international sports lawyer, Mr Kevin Carpenter has a reputation in relation to legal, regulatory and governance spheres across a diverse range of sports from volleyball and football to boxing, swimming and eSports.  He is the Principal for his own consultancy business Captivate Legal & Sports Solutions.

Kevin has advised international federations, national governing bodies, players’ unions, inter-governmental organisations and other public bodies, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIFA, the Council of Europe and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), on all manner of integrity and ethical matters in sport. He has also represented participants in sport who have been accused of doping or match-fixing offences.

Kevin’s expertise and knowledge has led him to be make regular appearances internationally delivering presentations and commenting in the media on ethical issues in sport. In addition, his research and papers are published across a variety of forums.

Mr James Kitching

James Kitching is an Australian-Italian lawyer, and the founder and managing director of Kitching Sports, the first specialist sports regulation and business firm in the Asia-Pacific region.

James is a recognised expert in the international sports law industry, with specialised knowledge in disciplinary and ethics procedures. He advises and acts for all parties connected to the international sports industry.

James is the former Head of Sports Legal Services, Disciplinary and Governance at the Asian Football Confederation, where he spent five years. During this time, he managed more than 500 investigations and prosecutions of conduct incompatible with AFC regulations, including cases of match manipulation, doping, corruption, forgery and falsification, and serious off-field misconduct, both before the AFC judicial bodies and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He was also responsible for the AFC regulatory framework, drafted event legal documents, oversaw legal matters at AFC competitions and advised Asian football stakeholders on governance matters.

James regularly lectures at conferences and postgraduate degree programmes on matters related to international sports law and business, and has published extensively. James currently serves and has served as a member of numerous disciplinary and judicial panels of international and national sporting federations.

Prof. Dr. Graf-Baumann

With an extensive background in medicine and law, academia, ethics and anti-doping for a wide range of organisations, Prof. Dr. Graf-Baumann has served on numerous BWF Doping Hearing Panels since 2012.

From February 1996 – 2009, Prof. Graf-Baumann was a Member of the Sports Medical Committee of FIFA and Deputy Chair of FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Center, Department of Medical Law, Ethics in Sport and Emergency Coordination.

He was also Chair of the FIFA Doping Control Sub-Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Doping-Control-Committee German Football Federation (DFB).

Since May 2013, he has been the Treasurer of the German Society for Medicine and Law and since October 2012, the President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Pain Therapy. Since October 2016, he has been Chairman of the Bachelor-Education for Physiotherapists Angell Academy Freiburg.

Prof. Dr. Graf-Baumann has been author and editor of numerous publications and journal papers including Anesthesia, Intive Care and Emergency Medicine; Medicine and Law; Medicine and Ethics; Manual Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine; Pain Therapy and Sports Medicine (American and British Journal of Sports Medicine).

Dr. P.S.M Chandran

A medical consultant for the Sports Authority of India, Dr. P.S.M Chandran has served on numerous BWF Doping Hearing Panels since 2012.

Dr Chandran has undertaken a wide range of roles in sports medicine in India. Among others, he is a Special Invitee for the All India Council of Sports, a Member of the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel of the National Anti -Doping Agency of India, a Trustee for Special Olympics, Bharat and is President of the Indian Federation of Sports Medicine.

He has served as the Physician for Indian delegations in a wide range of sports and national teams travelling to multi-sport games, continental, regional and world championships.

Dr Chandran has organised sports medical coverage and doping control at more than 100 national and international sports meets including World Cups, World Championships,  Asia Cup, Asian Games, Asian Championships, South Asian Games,  Commonwealth Games,  Davis Cup  Tennis, Champions Trophy Hockey, IPL cricket and National  Games since 1977.