Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Martin Hedemann-Robinson checkmark-circle


The overall objective of the module is to provide an exposition and appreciation of Sports Law, considering key elements of the legal and institutional framework. Sport in the UK (as elsewhere) is now subject to a very wide range set of systems of supervision involving the application of principles and institutional governance subject to a wide spectrum of legal sources, including public and private law, national and international law as well as sui generis dispute resolution systems such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport based in Switzerland. The module will develop student learning by focusing on a range of legal topics and issues, which constitute integral key components of Sports Law.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 130
Total study hours: 150


All Social Sciences undergraduate Law programmes. In addition, the module is available as a wild option.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
The module will be examined on the basis of 100% coursework:

1. Short written assignment - 1,000 words (20%)
2. Longer written assignment - 3,000 words (80%).

13.2 Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

Beloff MJ., et al, Sports Law 2nd ed, Oxford, Hart (2012)
Blackshaw IS, International Sports Law: An Introductory Guide, The Hague, Asser Press (2017)
Gardiner S., O'Leary, Welch R., Boyes S., Naidoo U., Sports Law (4th ed, Routledge, 2012)
Gardiner S., Parrish R.I., Siekmann C.R..(eds), EU, Sport, Law and Policy: Regulation, Re-regulation and Representation, the Hague, TMC Asser (2009)
Grayson, Sport and the Law 3rd ed., Bloomsbury (2000)
James M., Sports Law 3rd ed., London, Palgrave (2017)
Lewis A., Taylor J.(eds), Sport: Law and Practice (3rd ed, Haywards Heath, Bloomsbury (2014)
Nafziger J.A.R. (ed), Transnational Law of Sports, Elgar, (2013)
Siekmann C.R., Soek J. (eds), Lex Sportiva: What is Sports Law, The Hague, Asser (2012)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of foundational elements and issues concerning sports law.
2. Demonstrate a detailed appreciation of the international context and influences on the development of sports law.
3. Demonstrate a detailed appreciation of the role of law in giving effect to sports policy objectives and values.
4. Offer critical evaluation of the role of law and policy involved in the development of sports governance.
5. Locate and retrieve legal, policy and other relevant sources for the study of sports law and using these effectively in written work.
6. Understand relevant legal sources such as legislative material and judicial decisions.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an ability to analyse salient issues and problems and critically appraise the issues to their wider socio-economic context.
2. Present research-substantiated analysis and arguments in written work.
3. Recognise and evaluate alternative solutions to problems.
4. Demonstrate self-critical learning skills, including reflection upon learning progress.
5. Organise their work, engage in independent research, study and use of resources.
6. Produce written work in an appropriate format, with correct use of spelling, punctuation, grammar, citation and references.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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