Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Sports law is a dynamic field of law in the contemporary context of high profile sporting participants and extensive corporate sponsorship ranging from junior and amateur to the professional and Olympic sports. The course examines the relationship between sport and law, including the principles of law having particular relevance to sporting contests. 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 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply their specialist knowledge and understanding of the evolving body of law which applies to the relationship between sport and the law, including the nature of and reasons for changes in that relationship, in a range of contexts for professional practice;

2. Critically evaluate, through research and synthesis of complex information, concepts and theories, the relationship between sport and the law and recent developments in this field, including issues of policy, practice and procedure which may influence the outcome of disputes in professional practice;

3. Demonstrate advanced communication skills to solve problems and justify conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


The topics in this course include the following:

  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 competition
  6. Sporting reputation and image
  7. Player agents
  8. Marketing and broadcasting
  9. Taxation of participants
  10. Issues in tort – negligence of participants and the  impact on controlling bodies
  11. Crime in sport
  12. Drugs and sport
  13. Discrimination
  14. Contesting selection
  15. Children and sport


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000, LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005, LAWS6010 (or equivalents).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essay

Written Assignment: # 2

In Term Test: Final take home examination