BL7015 - International Sports Law (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||International Sports Law|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law|
|Total study hours||30|
|Running in 2017/18||No instances running in the year|
Title: International Sports Law
Brief Description:This module explores the legal aspects pertaining to the governing bodies of international sport . Topics covered include: a) individual athlete eligibility and player transfers; b) drug use and testing; c) contractual issues related to bidding on events, sponsorship, endorsements, and agreements for competition; d) dispute resolution between governing entities including the CAS; e) global media contracts including television and new media; and f) the interface between state, national and global governmental agencies and organizations with sport.
Assessment: Individual coursework of c.2500 words (60%) with an individual presentation (40%)
Prior learning requirements
This module seeks to
· To elicit key principles of law from cases and other reading.
· To develop a familiarisation with the legal structure and laws, particularly with regard to sports, in various countries around the world.
· To recognize the different ways legal issues in sport are dealt with in different countries
- To develop a sensitivity to legal issues in sport that are especially pertinent in the global arena.
· To be able to articulate the legal positions of different nations with respect to relevant issues in sports.
· To consider all possible outcomes in a given hypothetical situation.
· To understand and articulate principles of ethical behavior related to international sport law.
· To be able to identify and intelligently discuss current issues and future trends in international sport law.
· Introduction to the framework of law relating to sport
· Sport and the criminal law - conduct which is tolerated in the context of sports and the interface with criminal liability.
· The legal nature of sporting associations, incorporated and unincorporated organisations, private and public law actions and international sport governing bodies
· Contractual rights and obligations - contracts of employment, freedom to contract and contracts in restraint of trade.
· The law of negligence - duties, liability and defences.
· Health and Safety law - Health and Safety at Work Act, EU Safety Directives and legislation specific to sports.
· The resolution of legal disputes - role of sporting associations, arbitration, private and public law remedies, international sports arbitration,CAS.
Learning and teaching
The teaching, learning and assessment strategy facilitates the delivery of the learning outcomes outlined above.
The module will be delivered using a mix of lectures and seminars based on 2 hours contact time per week. Basic legal principles will be conveyed via lectures and students will be encouraged to participate where appropriate.
Seminars will be as topical as possible involving discussion and identification of current legal issues in the sports industry. Seminars will involve different types of activity and students will be encouraged to gather and evaluate information from newspapers and journals. Case studies will also be used for class discussion and will be used to focus on legal problems with students working both individually and in teams.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legal principles relating to the sports industry in the global context
2. Analyse legal issues in the context of International Sports Law
3. Demonstrate an awareness of topical legal issues relating to the international sports industry
4. Research and interpret legal materials relating to sports law
5. Think critically with regard to legal problems within the international sports industry
6. Understand legal issues within the international sports arena
The module is assessed by means of a piece of coursework which will consist of a report on a topical issue relevant to the international sports industry and an oral presentation which will be based on students preliminary research into a topical area of the international sports industry. The coursework will account for 60% of the overall grade for the module. The presentation will count for 40% of the final mark for the module. Both assessments will demonstrate the students’ ability to think critically and will meet the learning outcomes for the module.
Latest editions of:
Gardiner, S, Sports Law, Cavendish
Beloff M, Kerr T & Demetriou M, Sports Law, Hart
Parrish, R., Sports Law and Policy in the European Union (European Policy Research Unit) (Paperback)
Mark James, Simon Gardiner, John O'Leary, Roger Welch, Sports Law (Paperback), Cavendish Publishing
Frederick J Day, Sports and Courts: An Introduction to Principles of Law and Legal Theory Using Cases from Professional Sports (Paperback)
James A.R. Nafziger International Sports Law (Hardcover), Transnational Publishers
http://www.intute.ac.uk/socialsciences/cgi-bin/search.pl?term1=international%20sports%20law [INTUTE - SPORTS SCIENCES]
www.sportslaw.nl [INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR SPORT]
http://iasl.org/ [INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SPORTS LAW]
http://www.tas-cas.org/news [CAS WEBSITE]