Sport and the Law

Course code LAWS5021
Not available in 2016


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 available.

Learning Outcomes

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. Issues in tort
  3. Criminal liability
  4. Drugs and sport
  5. Sporting contracts
  6. Sports sponsorship
  7. Sport and Taxation
  8. Disciplinary Proceedings in Sport
  9. The Resolution of Legal Disputes in Sport: Alternative Dispute Resolution


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

In Term Test: Examination: Take Home

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term