Laws and Ethics

Welcome to the EBU Laws and Ethics pages, the home of all our resources on the Laws of the game. Whether you want to get a ruling, arrange an appeal, download one of our forms, browse through our many publications or find out about TD training, you should find the information you're looking for here.

Laws and Ethics News

Members wanted for new 'prosecution panel'

The EBU is modifying the way that it goes about prosecuting disciplinary cases. From early 2017 there will be a prosecution panel of around 10-12 people.

Its tasks will be to

    a. Decide if a case referred to it by the Laws & Ethics Committee should be pursued
    b. If it is decided to pursue it then one of its number may act as the prosecutor in a hearing

If a case goes to the panel then three members of the panel will be picked to decide on appropriate action. This should help to ensure that it does not become a significant burden for the members of the panel. At present around two or three cases are referred each year.

Disciplinary procedures are contained in the EBU Bye laws which can be found here.

Most of the time matters may be decided by email or Skype conference but occasionally a meeting may be required for which reasonable travelling expenses will be paid.

If you are interested in serving in this panel then please contact the Secretary to the Laws & Ethics committee ( by January 20th 2017.

Members successful at County TD Course

The annual EBU County TD training course took place over the weekend of September 10th/11th at the Hilton Hotel, Coventry.

Course members were put through their paces with some fiendishly difficult directing simulations provided by Mike Amos. There were fewer candidates taking the course this year (perhaps knowing how tough it is put some people off) but congratulations to the following who were successful:

  • Distinction Pass: Adrian Goulding (Wakefield), Jeff Smith (Manchester)
  • Pass: Don Collier (Great Missenden, Bucks), Neil Cliff (Dereham, Norfolk), Mike Green (Reading) and Alan Rodger (Chelmsford, Essex)

Updates to the Blue Book and White Book now available

The annual updates to the Blue Book and White Book have been made by the Laws & Ethics Committee. They are available to download or view now. These regulations apply to all events held on or after 1st August 2016. Summaries of the changes to both books are also available.

A small number of copies of the Blue Book produced in 2015 are available for purchase through the EBU Shop - there will be an insert which covers the changes for 2016. The White Book is not available in a printed form.

The L&E Committee has also produced the next in the set of booklets of EBU Appeals. This covers all the appeals made at major EBU events in 2014, and is now available to download.

Fantoni-Nunes banned by EBL

The European Bridge League have announced their verdict on Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, who were accused of using a series of illegal signals.

"The Disciplinary Commission of the EBL has concluded that Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes have been guilty of infractions of the laws of bridge. Accordingly, they have been banned from playing together for life, and are separately prohibited from playing in any EBL events or activities for a period of 5 years. Additionally, the costs of the investigation and hearing have been awarded against them."

They also received a lifetime ban from playing in EBL events as a partnership. This follows the ban impose by the Italian Bridge Federation (FIGB) in April.