Available in 2021
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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2021

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 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


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program, or in a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined program.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000 Legal System and Method I, and LAWS6001 Legal System and Method II

LAWS6002A Torts Part A, or LAWS6120 Torts I

LAWS6002B Torts Part B, or LAWS6121 Torts II

LAWS6003A & LAWS6003B Criminal Law & Procedure Part A & B, or LAWS6130 Criminal Law & Procedure

LAWS6004A Contracts Part A, or LAWS6140 Contracts I

LAWS6004B Contracts Part B, or LAWS6141 Contracts II

LAWS6005 Property

Or equivalents

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essay/Assignment or research paper

In Term Test: Final take home examination

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

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