Dewey takes up Semenya case in IAAF dispute

Dewey & LeBoeuf is advising South African athlete Caster Semenya on human and civil rights matters in her battle with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The US firm’s South African managing partner Greg Nott and New York-based global litigation co-chair Jeff Kessler are leading an international team on a pro bono basis.

Semenya has been the focus of much attention since winning the 800 metres gold medal at the recent World Athletics Championships in Berlin. After her victory, a gender test revealed that her testosterone levels exceeded that of an average woman.

Nott commented: “The plight of Semenya is a great matter of concern; not just to South Africans, but to fair-minded people around the world. We are going to do everything possible to make certain that her civil and legal rights and dignity as a person are fully protected.”

Dewey was recommended to Semenya by the South African minster of sports and recreation Makhenkesi Stofile, having acted for South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius in his dispute with the IAAF.

The firm successfully overturned a ban imposed by the governing body preventing Pistorius from competing in able body athletics.

Kessler added: “Hopefully the IAAF has learned from this [Pistorius] experience and we look forward to working with it to ensure a just outcome here for Semenya. The world will be watching.”

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