Sports Law

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Typology Course
Level Intermediate
Methodology Online
Duration 12 Weeks
  • Course
  • Intermediate
  • Online
  • Duration:
    12 Weeks

Enrol in this Programme now to specialise in Sports Law and learn to:

• Study the various arrangements that support the governance of sport through autonomous governing bodies and the oversight of these bodies by governments, courts, and regulatory authorities;
• Identify the problems that recur in the sporting world, such as match-fixing and doping, and analyse how governing bodies and the legal system have responded to them; and
• Protect the significant revenue streams for sport— such as sponsorship and broadcasting—by identifying the laws that can afford such protection.


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What you'll learn on the course

Sports Law
Law Legal
Law Public
Law Rights
Law Firm
Law and Business
Law Studies
Law and Commerce
Law for Business

Teachers and trainers (1)

Aju John
Aju John

An alumnus of NLSIU, Banglore, Aju John was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of (later acquired by Thomson Reuters). He is a member of the Learning Team at Rainmaker and spearheads Rainmaker’s editorial activities. He has interviewed more than a hundred influential legal practitioners and scholars. A collection of these interviews, published on Youtube, form the mostexhaustive oral history of the Indian Legal profession that has ever been compiled. At Rainmaker Aju works on highly specialised courses such as Sports Law and writes regularly on Sports Law, Media Law and Public Law issues.

Course programme


Unit 1: The Governance of Sport

• Learn why sport is governed almost exclusively by autonomous bodies and the arrangements that have set common standards are enforced at all levels of governance.

• Study the global governance of the Olympic movement, football, and athletics.

Unit 2: Regulation of Sports Governing Bodies by Governments

• Examine why governments have an interest in regulating sport and how they go about it.

• Understand how the Government of India regulates the governing bodies at the helm of their respective sports in India.

• Study the constitutional authority to make law on the subject of sport, India’s National Sports Code, and the consequences that flow from failure to comply with the guidelines it contains.

Unit 3: Supervision of Sports Governing Bodies by Courts

• Study the role of courts in the governance of sport and how courts gain jurisdiction to get involved in the affairs of sports governing bodies.

• Examine some of the features of sports governing bodies, which open them up for judicial scrutiny under public law.

• Explore some basic principles of contract and civil procedure, which empower the courts to examine these governing bodies under private law.

Unit 4: Sports Arbitration and the CAS

• Analyse why sport has shown a preference for the resolution of disputes through arbitration.

• Understand the standards that such arbitration has to meet if it is to avoid the scrutiny of courts.

• Learn about the Court of Arbitration for Sport—the world’s premier institute for sports arbitration.

Unit 5: The Global Governance of Anti-Doping

• Explore the World Anti-Doping Code, using which the governing bodies of sport were able to harmonise the regulations in relation to doping and secure the participation of governments.

• Study the purpose and scope of World Anti-Doping Agency, the body that spearheads the fight against doping on behalf of the governing bodies of sport.

Unit 6: Key Principles of the World Anti-Doping Code

• Understand the sole responsibility of athletes for the substances that are detected in their system.

• Examine how the World Anti-Doping Agency ensures compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code from various governing bodies of sport.

• Identify the various violations under the World Anti-Doping Code, therapeutic use exemptions to anti-doping regulation, and the sanctions for anti-doping rule violations.

Unit 7: Criminal Law and the Fight against Match-Fixing

• Analyse the relationship between match-fixing and gambling.

• Study the treatment of gambling laws in various jurisdictions.

• Explore the applicable Indian law on match-fixing and spot-fixing, and also learn about how other legal systems approach the issue.

Unit 8: Sports Governing Bodies and the Fight against Match-Fixing

• Study how governing bodies of sport have responded to match-fixing and compare this response to the response to match-fixing from criminal law.

• Examine the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Code and compare it with football’s response.

Unit 9: Sports Trade Marks, Special Protection of Olympic Properties, and Ambush Marketing

• Analyse the role of trade mark law in protecting sponsorship agreements and merchandising from the practices of ambush marketing and piracy respectively.

• Examine the sophisticated legal approaches to combating ambush marketing at recent sporting events.

Unit 10: Media Rights and the Exclusivity of Sports Broadcasts

• Identify the role of intellectual property rights such as copyright and broadcast reproduction rights in protecting revenues from broadcasting.

• Analyse how law also treats some sporting events of national and cultural significance differently.

• Explore how India’s nascent competition law has approached the sale of broadcast rights.

Additional information

 Are you a: •  Law student aspiring to build a career in the field of sports law and management; •  Practising lawyer intent on diversifying your areas of practice and entering the arena of sports franchises, sponsorships, broadcasting deals, player representation, etc.; •  Management student/professional keen to understand how the laws and regulations governing the sports industry affect the managerial and commercial aspects of sports; or •  Sportsperson seeking to gain a thorough understanding of your rights and the various laws that can protect or affect your career?     We recommend that you enrol in this Programme now. We also recommend that you enrol in the Introduction to Intellectual Property Law - I Programme as well, if you do not have a basic knowledge of intellectual property law in India, as learning Sports Law requires a basic knowledge of intellectual property rights such as trade marks and copyrights.   Did you know:   •  That it is not an offence under ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code if two international cricket teams contrive to produce a result that allows both teams to progress to the next round of a tournament? •  That Rome’s chief prosecutor charged thirty-eight people, including thirty-three players, with aggravated fraud after an investigation into match-fixing in football in 1980? •  That if a person who is not affiliated with the official broadcaster of a cricket match records and broadcasts the match from a vantage point on a tall building close to the stadium, his or her acts do not constitute copyright infringement? •  That in anticipation of the Olympic Games in 2016, Brazil has enacted a law that specifically prohibits even the non-commercial use of the Olympic symbol?

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