Sport and the Law

10 Units

Sports law is a dynamic field of law in the contemporary context of high profile sporting participants and extensive corporate sponsorship ranging from junior and amateur to the professional and Olympic sports. The course examines the relationship between sport and law, including the principles of law having particular relevance to sporting contests. These principles range from liability in tort and crime for participants and administrators in sport generally through to contract and taxation issues for participants and sporting bodies, including the implications of television and corporate sponsorship. This is a developing specialist area of law which raises its own particular problems in the context of a traditional legal framework and concurrently highlights the development of various and innovative alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply their specialist knowledge and understanding of the evolving body of law which applies to the relationship between sport and the law, including the nature of and reasons for changes in that relationship, in a range of contexts for professional practice;
  2. Critically evaluate, through research and synthesis of complex information, concepts and theories, the relationship between sport and the law and recent developments in this field, including issues of policy, practice and procedure which may influence the outcome of disputes in professional practice;
  3. Demonstrate advanced communication skills to solve problems and justify conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

The topics in this course include the following:

  1. The framework of law relating to sport
  2. Organisational structures of sporting bodies
  3. Disciplinary tribunals – behavioural misconduct
  4. Employment and sporting contracts
  5. Restraint of trade and competition
  6. Sporting reputation and image
  7. Player agents
  8. Marketing and broadcasting
  9. Taxation of participants
  10. Issues in tort – negligence of participants and the  impact on controlling bodies
  11. Crime in sport
  12. Drugs and sport
  13. Discrimination
  14. Contesting selection
  15. Children and sport
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6000, LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005, LAWS6010 (or equivalents).
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Essay
  • Written Assignment: # 2
  • In Term Test: Final take home examination

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for LAWS6099
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