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Sport & EU 13th Annual Conference

Sport & EU 13th Annual Conference

Sport & EU and the Centre for Sports Law Research at Edge Hill University are delighted to host the 13th Annual conference to be held at Edge Hill’s award winning campus near Liverpool, UK on the 3rd and 4th July 2018. The event brings together leading academics and sports practitioners who will discuss the major issues facing sport in Europe.

With registration fees subsidised thanks to the generous support of the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme and with affordable on-campus accommodation on offer, we aim to make this the most accessible event in our history. To add to the occasion, the conference will be held during the FIFA World Cup. Delegates, should they so wish, will also have free access to the annual EU Sports Law and Policy Summer School which will be held on July 5th 2018, the day after the conference.



Registration fees include lunches and the conference dinner. Accommodation includes breakfastTo register, please see here

Select the option you require below. Please note you will need to select individually the nights you require accommodation.

OPTION 1: Registration - £60.00

OPTION 2: Student Rate Registration - £30.00

OPTION 3: Accommodation, Monday 2nd July 2018 - £36.50

OPTION 4: Accommodation, Tuesday 3rd July 2018 - £36.50

OPTION 5: Accommodation, Wednesday 4th July 2018 - £36.50

OPTION 6: Free Summer School 



Day 0 (July 2):

3.00-5.00 5-aside football match for delegates (mixed teams)
5.00-7.00 World Cup Football Match and drinks in Ormskirk

Day 1 (July 3):

8.00-9.00 Registration and refreshments
09.00-10.00 Plenary Welcome & Professor Jean-Loup Chappelet address
10.00-11.00 Plenary: ISU case. In discussion with Ben van Rompuy & Mark Tuitert
11.00-12.00 Panel 1: Sports Governance After ISU
Panel 2: Equality & Human Rights in Sport
12.00-1.00 Lunch
1.00-2.00 Plenary: Women in Sport with Agata Dziarnowska (European Commission), Jane Purdon (UK Sport) & Carol Couse (Mills & Reeve
2.00-3.00 Panel 3: The Football Transfer System
Panel 4: eSports
3.00-4.00 Panel 5: Child Protection in Sport
Panel 6: Doping
4.00-5.00 Free
5.00-7.00 Conference Dinner (The Cricketers, Ormskirk)
7.00-9.00 World Cup Football Knockout Stage

Day 2:

7.30-9.00: Sports activities (selection available: gym, run, swim…)
9.00-10.00 Panel 7: Major Events & Sport Diplomacy
Panel 8: Deviance & Nationalism in Sport
10.00-11.00 Plenary: EU Studies & Sport: Richard Whitman & Heidi Maurer
11.00-11.30 Refreshments
11.30-12.30 Panel 9: Contemporary Issues in Sports Law
Panel 10: Contemporary Issues in Sports Policy
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.30 Panel 11: Club Ownership & Structures
Panel 12: Sports Injuries & the Law
2.30-3.30 Panel 13: Sports Governance
Panel 14: Intermediaries
3.30-4.00 Plenary & End

Day 3:

EU Sports Law & Policy Summer School

09.00-10.00 Sports Law: Theory & Practice
10.00-11.00 EU Sports Policy
12.00-1.00 EU Sports Law
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-3.00 Football Intermediaries
3.00-4.00 Sports Broadcasting
4.00-5.00 Sports Governance



Panel 1: Sports Governance After ISU

  1. Katarina Pijetlovic (Liverpool Hope University)
    Breaking the Monopoly on the Organisational Market for Sporting Events without Breaking the Law
  2. James Carr (Association of Summer Olympic Committees)
  3. Roberto Branco Martins & E.F Grosheide (University of Amsterdam)
    Social Dialogue in Soccer: A Veil Hiding the Anti-Competitive Nature of Agreements?

Panel 2: Equality and Human Rights in Sport

  1. Sophie Cowell (University of Chester)
    A Theoretical Consideration of European Union and United Kingdom Positive Action Law and Policy, in Light of the English Football League’s Recruitment Code.
  2. Deirdre Nelson (Ulster University)
    The Right to Fight: The Status of Women in Boxing
  3. Marianna Sikorowska (Sport and Recreation Alliance)
    Representation of the female athletes in the media

Panel 3: The Football Transfer System

  1. Geoff Pearson & Aristea Koukiadaki (University of Manchester)
    Revisiting the Legality of the Football Transfer System under EU Law: New Data from the 2016 FIFPro Labour Conditions Survey
  2. Seán Ó Conaill (University of Cork)
    Football Transfer Regulations and ‘Lesser’ European Football Nations
  3. Niels Verborgh (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
    Inequality in Football: Red Card for FIFA’s Transfer System

Panel 4: eSports

  1. Suat Cem Abanazir (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
    esports and the EU: A Hypothetical Future Collision
  2. Stefano Bastianon (University of Bergamo)
    Are eSports Real Sports?
  3. Kevin Carpenter
    eSports: Law, Regulation and Governance.

Panel 5: Child Protection

  1. Basar Gulersen (Gedik University, Istanbul, Turkey)
    Protection of the Child Rights in Sport under International Law –Recent Welfare and Child Protection Programme of the Turkish Football Federation
  2. Matthew Rogers (affiliation)
    Protecting Minors in Football: Where are we now?
  3. Melanie Lang (Edge Hill University)
    Embedding Child Protection Policy and Practice in Sport: Responses from Designated Welfare Officers and Coaches

Panel 6: Doping

  1. Jack Anderson (Melbourne Law School)
    Whiskey in the Jar: the Michelle Smith de Bruin case revisited.
  2. Hubert Radke (Nicolas Copernicus University, Torun, Poland)
    Anti-doping system – between private and public realm. Example of Poland.
  3. An Vermeersch (Ghent University)
    Reform of the world wide anti-doping policy. A leading role for Europe?

Panel 7: Major Events & Sport Diplomacy

  1. Carmen Perez Gonzalez (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
    Sports Diplomacy: An Attempt to Conceptualise an Overlooked Notion
  2. Özgehan Şenyuva (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey)
    This is as far as it goes: End of Mega-Sporting Events in Europe?
  3. Marianna Pavan (University of Padova, Italy)
    Football and equality: Can/Will Football National Associations be ready for the 2024 challenge?

Panel 8: Deviance & Nationalism in Sport

  1. Christina Philippou (University of Portsmouth)
    Corporate governance anti-bribery policies for International Sports Governing Bodies
  2. Pompiliu-Nicolae Constantin (National University of Physical Education and Sports, Bucharest)
    Facing irregularities in sport: whistleblowing and watchdog journalism. The Romanian case
  3. Jan Niklas Rolf (Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences)
    Towards Olympism? Nationalism, cosmopolitanism and the search for a viable middle ground

Panel 9: Contemporary Issues in Sports Law

Chair: Sean Cottrell (LawinSport)

  1. Gareth Farrelly
    In discussion with
  2. Steve Flynn (Barrister, St John’s Buildings Chambers)
    In discussion with
  3. Tim O’Conner (Barrister)
    Brexit and Sport: Ireland and Cross Border Sport

Panel 10: Contemporary Issues in Sports Policy

  1. Ben Gittus (European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE))
    EU Support for Skills Development in Sport
  2. Sabine Rusmane (University of Latvia)
    A comparative analysis of governance of physical activities among school-aged children in the Baltic States: The case of Latvia
  3. Pedithep Youyuenyong (Chiang Mai University)
    Alcohol Bans at Football Grounds: An Exploration of the Differences between Scottish and Thai Law
  4. Karen Robertson (Bishop’s University, Canada)
    Keeping the Game Alive: On Derrida, Social Inclusion and Sport

Panel 11: Club Ownership & Structures

  1. Daniel Ziesche (Chemnitz University of Technology)
    Towards or Against (Super)Modern Football? Institutional Alignment and Disalignment in German and English Lower League Football Clubs
  2. Tomáš Grell (Asser International Sports Law Centre)
    Multi-club Ownership in European Football: From ENIC to Red Bull and Beyond
  3. Avital Margalit (Sapir College School of Law, Israel)
    Lex Sportiva Property Law: Regulating Ownership in Football Clubs

Panel 12: Sports Injuries and the Law

Chair: Adam Pendlebury (Edge Hill University)

  1. Dave McArdle (Stirling University)
    Concussion Awareness and Responses: Exploring Law’s Territory and Legal Consciousness in Youth Sport
  2. Liam Moore (Professional Rugby League Referee)
    Sports Injuries: A Referee’s Perspective
  3. Nick Harrison (Barrister)
    Sports Injuries: A Barrister’s Perspective

Panel 13: Sports Governance

  1. Hallgeir Gammelsaeter (Molde University College)
    Sport autonomy, specificity and state regulation
  2. Seweryn Dmowski (University of Warsaw)
    Strategic Negotiations: Football Broadcasting and Media Rights. Case Study of Polish Ekstraklasa in European Perspective
  3. Till Müller-Schoell (German Sport University Cologne)
    Labour relations in European sports – an emerging field?

Panel 14: Intermediaries

  1. Richard Parrish & Andrea Cattaneo (Edge Hill University)
    Promoting Good Governance in the European Football Agents Industry
  2. Vanja Smokvina (Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, Croatia)
    Legal Framework on Sports Intermediaries: South and South Eastern Europe
  3. Serhat Yilmaz (Loughborough University)
    Players’ Agents: An Advocacy Coalition Framework Perspective

Event Properties

Event Date 03-07-2018 8:00
Event End Date 04-07-2018 16:00
Location Edge Hill University

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