The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


Examines the relationship between sport and law, including the principles of law having particular relevance to sport. 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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the developing body of law which applies to the relationship between sport and the law, including the nature of and reasons for changes in that relationship

2. Understand the evolving nature of the relationship between sport and the law, including the position of sporting associations, administrators, referees and the financial sponsors of sport.

3. Critically examine the relationship between sport and the law, including issues of policy, practice and procedure which may influence the outcome of disputes in this area of law.

4. Further develop the capacity to analyse and apply principles of law in a new context


The topics to be covered include:

  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 compeition
  6. Sporting reputation and image
  7. Player agents
  8. Marketing and broadcasting
  9. Issues in tort - negligence and civil liability
  10. Criminal liability
  11. Doping
  12. Discrimination


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments/or research paper

In Term Test: Examination: Take Home

Presentation: Optional in-class presentation on research project