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Sports Law

Call for Papers

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair system. They must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 19 January 2015.

There is often a palpable tension between the rules of sport and the law, and the relationship between the two is a fertile area for academic discussion and debate. This tension has been seen to arise in many areas. Violence in the arena is challenged in both the criminal and civil courts, and hooliganism and the responses to it are also problematic. There are issues surrounding the commercial and employment aspects of sport (influenced by EU law), the work of the World Anti-Doping Agency, corruption within sports' governing bodies, and the expanding role of sports-specific means of dispute resolution, such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In many of these areas, there is a genuine debate as to whether the special circumstances of sport should qualify it for exceptions from the general rules imposed by law. This stream is open to all areas within this broad topic, and papers on all aspects of the law relating to sport are welcome.

For informal discussion please email the stream convenors, at the e-mail addresses above

Session Programme (Papers and rooms are subject to change)

Wednesday: Session 6: Ramphal R0.14

Session Title: On Field Interventions

Papers: Concussion and Brain Injury in Contact Sport: Legal Implications - Jack Anderson

Injured athlete or crime victim? - Louise Taylor

Legitimate Limits of the Application of the Criminal Law in Sport - Simon Boyes

Thursday: Session 7: Social Sciences S0.20

Session Title: Law and Sport Regulation

Papers: How Open is Open Enough? Competition Law and the New Hybrid League Structure - Salil Mehra

Financial Fair Play and competition law: evidence of a new EU sports policy? - Tom Serby and John O'Leary

The Proportionality Principle in Judicial Scrutiny of Sports Governing Bodies: A Critical Appraisal - Simon Boyes

Friday: Session 8: Social Sciences S0.20

Session Title: Perspectives on Sports Law

Papers: Horses for Courses: A Socio-legal Discourse on Non-Human Athletes and Doping Regulation - Jonathan Merritt

Critique of the purpose and effectiveness of FIFA’s prohibition on the international transfer of minors from a children’s rights perspective - Eleanor Drywood

What Gramsci Says: Sports Law, Regulation and Cultural Hegemony. - John O'Leary