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LAWS13-543: Sports Law


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.)

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050

Learning outcomes

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.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


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.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?26/09/2022
Cancellation 2?03/10/2022
Last enrolment25/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?08/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?29/10/2022
Teaching census?07/10/2022