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LAWS13-543: Sports Law September 2020 [Standard - Sports Law]

General information

Sports Law is an undergraduate elective subject offered by the Faculty of Law. Sports Law analyses legal issues involved in the organisation of sporting events and participation in sporting events and organisations. The subject includes: the right to sport and sports diplomacy; the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and the globalisation of sports business; legal responsibilities for injuries and accidents in sport; trade practices law aspects of sport; taxation and international taxation for athletes and clubs; dispute resolution mechanisms in sport; WADA and the control of doping in sport; match-fixing and integrity of sport; legal protection of sporting celebrity image; intellectual property issues and sports marketing, sponsorship and event management; gambling and sport; player and agent contracts, and contractual aspects of the organisation of sporting events. We adopt a comparative and global approach (using, in particular, the laws of Canada, Scandinavia, US, UK, the EU, SE Asia and Australia, to provide an overview of international sports laws.)


Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS13-543
Subject title:Sports Law
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources:
  • David Thorpe, Antonio Buti, Chris Davies, Paul Jonson (2018). Sports Law. 3rd, Oxford University Press, USA , 624.
  • Ulrich Haas and Deborah Healey (2016). Doping in Sport and the Law. Hart Publishing
  • Veljanovski (2011). Sports Law (Case Summaries). 2nd, Australia: LexisNexis
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Comprehend legal problems to identify sports law issues and to explain those issues.
  2. Apply principles of sports law to the facts of problems.
  3. Design appropriate strategies to ensure sports people do not contravene sports law or incur liability.
  4. Analyse and critique, reflect upon and evaluate the effectiveness of various sports law rules and provisions.
  5. Communicate more effectively in writing and orally.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Tutorial participation 20% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Presentation In teams of 2 you will be required to prepare a 12 slide PowerPoint presentation on an agreed sports law issue. The presentation is to be submitted in Week 9. In Week 11 you be required to make a 10 minute presentation to the class on the topic. 20% Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Take-home Examination Final Assessment 60% Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Defining and classifying sport; identifying the social utility of sport and the right to sport; exploring the development and evolution of sport and the laws interaction with sport; professionalism, amateurism and the organisation of sport.

1, 2, 3, 5.

From global to local, this topic examines the organisation of sport including the regulatory and governance systems in both Olympic and non-Olympic sports. Incorporated and unincorporated legal entities are reviewed together with for profit and not-for-profit entities.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

This topic considers some of the legal issues around the professionalism of sport and how Intellectual property rights can be protected. Several cases are examined where IP rights have been infringed in a sporting context.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

The employment contract; Termination of contracts; Awards, workplace agreements; Player-club relationship; Player-agent relationship

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

This topic considers aspects of Australian Taxation law and the application to sport. Several cases are considered together with tax rulings that specifically apply to sport.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

This topic looks at some of the off-field and on-field events that can invoke the criminal law or torts law. Several cases are examined to highlight complexities that can arise in sport.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

This topic examines the history and policy development of global doping regulation and some of the challenges that have arisen in sport.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

This topic looks at the type of issues that threaten the integrity of sport; where events such as match-fixing, corruption and other examples, undermine the integrity of sport and have the overall effect of negatively impacting the integrity of sport.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

This topic examines the evolution and development of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the role the CAS plays in sports disputes.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

A special presentation on the type of legal work and legal issues that can arise in organising mega sporting events.

Approved on: Jul 28, 2020. Edition: 1.7
Last updated: Aug 21, 2020.