INTERNATIONAL SPORTS LAW
(LAWG-4098) - 3 UNITS
This class focuses on the intersection between four major areas of law: international law, international human rights law, sports law and conflict resolution (domestic and international). The issues the class will explore include: the international legal aspects of the organization of major international sport events; the status of international sport governing bodies; the legal and political relationship between sport organizations and intergovernmental organizations, like the UN; the functioning and jurisprudence of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; the applicability of principles of international law to international sports, for instance, on the question of state responsibility for state-sponsored doping; the applicability of international human rights norms to international sports events (e.g. racism, prohibition of discrimination, labor standards, freedom of speech, the rights of people with disabilities etc.). The format of this class is "lecture/discussion." During the class, students will learn about the complex legal matters associated with organizing international sport events, and methods of conflict resolution for eventual disputes. They will also apply some of the most fundamental principles of international and human rights to sports events, off and on the field. Multiple actual cases will be presented and discussed in the class, requiring students to answer questions, discuss readings, and provide analysis. The reading package for this class will be a combination of academic articles, selected chapters or parts from the current books and news articles related to the legal principles. The materials selected will cover both cover basic concepts of international law and international human rights that together with sport readings to stimulate the analytical skills of the students. There will be no final examination. Instead, students will have three take-home papers throughout the semester.
Courses in Introduction to International Law or International Protection of Human Rights are useful preparation, but are not required.