Sports Law

Module code: M3029
Level 6
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay, Unseen examination

The module will cover the subject of sports law with reference to national, regional and international regulatory systems. In its introductory part, the module will address historical aspects of sports law, which led to the establishment of dedicated governing bodies. The module will then cover issues of tort law which affect participants in and spectators at sport events. Matters of public order will be considered with reference to the legal repercussions that emerged, for example, from the events at Heysel Stadium and Hillsborough.

Employment contracts in sports will be analysed in detail, with particular emphasis on the relationship between sportsmen and sportswomen and their employers, but also on the safeguards in place for other employees, which are not directly involved with sport performances but contribute to the organisation and running of sport events.

The module will also involve a review of the European dimension of sports law, and the impact of fundamental freedoms in the relevant regulatory framework. This will include an analysis of the impact of competition rules and media laws on the broadcasting of sport. Moreover, intellectual property matters will be addressed, with reference the branding and marketing of sports personalities and events.

On issues of integrity, the module will examine rules intended to prevent instances of discrimination, and enhance standards of financial governance for the stakeholders involved. The module will conclude with a part dedicated to international and comparative aspects of anti-doping regulations.

Module learning outcomes

  • identify and critically assess the legal values, interests and responsabilities of stakeholders operating in sport.
  • identify, discuss and critically analyse the legal implications of commercialisation of sport events.
  • make effective and appropriate use of relevant authorities (statutes, case-laws, reports, articles etc.) from a comparative and international perspective to undertake such analysis.
  • consider and analyse national, regional and international regulatory developments currently affecting sports.
  • undertake informed and critical research on topics with doctrinal and commercial implications in the field of sports.