IEL Sports Law

Published 15 July 2010

Edited by Prof. Dr. Frank Hendrickx (Kluwer Law International)

Sports Law encompasses both autonomous as well as state created rules regarding the variety of economic, social, commercial, cultural and political aspects of sports activities.

This regulation may take the form of autonomous self-regulation, e.g. by national and international associations of sport. These private regulations or by-laws, including organisational, disciplinary rules as well as rules of play, constitute the so-called ‘lex sportiva’.

However, the trend towards more professionalism in sport and the growing economic, social and cultural relevance of sport have prompted an increasing reliance on legal rules adopted by the public authorities. These regulations include for example criminal law, labour law, commercial law, tax law and so on, which may vary following a particular type or sector of sport.

The structure of the Sports Law is basically built up around two parts: monographs and documents. The documentary section provides the most relevant legal materials of an international concern in the area of sports.

The monographs are structured per country, region or organisation. In the national monographs, attention will be paid to the distinction between public regulation (laws and regulation from governmental or public authorities) and private regulation (regulation and by-laws from sports organisations).

Each monograph is divided into five main sections. The following table of contents is used:

The Author. Table of contents. List of abbreviations. Preface.

Introduction. Selected Bibliography.

Part. I. Organisation of Sport.

1. General issues.

2. Public regulation

3. Private regulation.

Part II. Sport and Employment.

1. General issues.

2. Public regulation.

3. Private regulation.

Part III. Doping and Sport.

1. General issues.

2. Public regulation.

3. Private regulation.

Part IV. Sport and commerce.

1. General issues.

2. Public regulation.

3. Private regulation.

Part V. Documents.

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