Ms  Catherine

Ms Catherine Ordway

Professor of Practice (Sports Management)

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

La Trobe Business School

Department of Management and Marketing

Melbourne (City)


BA(Jur), LLB, GDLP, Grad Dip Investigations Management



Membership of professional associations

Australian & NZ Sports Law Association (ANZSLA)

Area of study

Sport Management

Brief profile

Catherine's role also contributes to La Trobe Sport (including the La Trobe Sport Park).  It is the University’s vision to become the Australian University of choice for sports study, teaching, research and industry engagement.  

Catherine Ordway is a sports lawyer, administrator, anti-doping and integrity expert, tribunal member, media commentator and an educator.   Catherine is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, teaching the subject she and Hayden Opie developed, Sports Integrity and Investigations, in the Master of Sports Law.   Catherine has previously been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Canberra and developed and taught the “Performance Integrity” subject for the 2015 Masters of High Performance.  Catherine also developed and taught the Masters of Law subject “Doping in Sport: Global Issues” at the University of NSW.  

Catherine has assisted sports as diverse as: archery, athletics, baseball, combat sports, cricket, cycling, football, golf, rowing, softball and swimming in a variety of selection, anti-doping and code of conduct disputes.  Catherine is an anti-doping tribunal member of the International Cricket Council, the World Baseball-Softball Confederation, SportAccord and the West Indies Cricket Board.  Catherine has also served as a board member of Australian Canoeing and Capital Football.  Catherine is the IAAF Doping Control and Medical Delegate for Australia, and is on the Ethics and Integrity panel for Triathlon Australia.  Catherine sits on the International Sports Law Journal editorial board and is an expert contributor to the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Clearinghouse.

Research specialisation

- Sport Management

Teaching units

Catherine's anti-corruption and gender equity curriculum initiatives were specifically highlighted in the UN PRME report through the subject she developed: “Master of Management (Sport Management). The subject Sport Risk Management (LST5RLS) first introduced in 2014 includes ethics and good governance in sport, gambling fraud and anti-doping, codes of conduct, ethics commissions and natural justice (with industry experts as guest lecturers).” (p24).  Also lectured in:

·         Sport Governance and Strategy MGT3SGV (UG) Sem I subject co-ordination and guest lectures 2016; guest lectures and seminar facilitation 2014-15.

·         Sport Leadership & Governance MGT5SLB Master of Sports Management: subject coordination, teaching and assessment: Mar 2016

·         Sport and the Law LAW5SPO, Master of Law: subject development, coordination, teaching and assessment: July 2016

·         Values, Ethics & Diversity in Organisations, BUA5VED, (Hanoi, Vietnam) Master of Management, Dec 2016

·         Corporate Governance BUA5CG, Master of Management: Dec 2015

·         Managing the Sport Brand MGT5MSB, Master of Sports Management: subject coordination, teaching and assessment: Oct 2015


Catherine consults to the Budapest 2024 Olympic Games Bid, and recently completed a project on the doping control program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Recent publications

·         C Ordway and H Opie (2017) “Integrity and Corruption in Sport” book chapter, Critical Issues in Global Sport Management, Routledge

·         M Nehme and C Ordway, “Governance and Anti-Doping: Beyond the Fox and the Hen House” chapter (2016), in Doping in Sport: Real Perspectives, Hart Publishing

·         N Passas and C Ordway, Chapter “Sports Corruption: Justice and Accountability through the Use of the UNCAC and the UNTOC”, in ACAD Symposium Compendium 30-31 Oct 2015, pp120-137 (2016), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna,

Older publications

 “Why this Australian Supported Germany to Win the World Cup”, Sport&EU Review v6(2) (Aut Nov 2014) pp6-12

Research projects

Catherine is a member of the Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Research Focus Area (SER RFA).  Catherine is also one of the Investigators on the SER RFA research project that has recently been approved by the ASSC College Human Ethics Sub-Committee, “Improving the Sustainability of Community Sport via Better Risk Management” with Dr A Donaldson, Dr F Rochford, C Ordway, Dr P Keyzer and Dr R Hoye.