Sports Law 2 (M6029)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module will begin by covering issues of tort law in the specific context of sport, including the civil liability of participants, coaches, referees and national governing bodies of sport.

Examination of the intersection between sport and the criminal law will focus on applicable offences, the role of consent to violence in sport and, matters concerning public disorder, racism and hooliganism.

The module will also critically consider the liability for dangerous premises and dangerous events, with additional scrutiny of stadium disasters and spectator safety in sport.

You will analyse employment contracts in sports, with particular emphasis on the relationship between sportspeople and their employers.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: