• Offered by Faculty of Law
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Nathan Deakes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2015
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Increasing professionalisation, the enormous growth in the Olympic Movement and the commercialisation of sport have all contributed to the development of Sport as a business, as well as a pastime. As a result there has been increasing intersection of the law with sporting activity. This course will examine the following:

  • the economics of sports leagues
  • the structure of sporting organisations
  • International and national governance of sport
  • the impact of administrative law on the working of disciplinary tribunals
  • Industrial law and the treatment of the athlete as employee
  • Labour market controls and the impact of competition law
  • Player agents
  • the law and policy relating to doping of athletes, and
  • The impact of intellectual property laws on sponsorship and promotion of sporting events.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Skills based outcomes

The course will provide opportunities for students to develop their skills in the following areas:

(i). concentrated legal research and writing to a postgraduate standard, via the written

component of assessment (relying upon skills in finding, analysing and

using relevant legal and policy resources relating to sport and law);

(ii). Specialised writing skills relating to arbitration submissions, via the

specialised component of assessment;

(iii). Improved skills in cross-disciplinary analysis of the law

(iv). Improved knowledge of comparative approaches to legal analysis.

(v). Improved skills in assessment and analysis of effectiveness of legislation and


(vi). An opportunity to improve capacity to make persuasive oral argument and

presentations to a group, leading to greater capacity to present clearly, effectively

and quickly information relating to an aspect of sports law.

 Knowledge based outcomes

(i). An understanding of the key concepts, principles and issues relating to

sporting activity;

(ii). Overview of regulatory framework for sporting activity in Australia as well as internationally;

(iii). Knowledge of the particular challenges and issues arising in the specialised

application of the regulatory framework to sporting and recreational activity in Australia;

(iv). Greater knowledge of the relevance of applying sociological, psychological, medical and economic concepts within the context of the legal regulatory framework of sports law.


Indicative Assessment

TBC, either:

Research paper (8000 words) (100%)


A combination of shorter research paper (3000 words, 50%) and one of the following (also worth 50%):  Class presentation &  take home examination


Participation in a mock arbitration (100%, with written submissions constituting part of the assessable work)

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In addition to the 24-26 hours of class time, students should anticipate approximately 20-30 hours of additional reading and 30-40 hours to complete assessment tasks.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP). OR Must be studying a: Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS), and completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law or LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level courses or five LAWS6100 level courses. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation.

Prescribed Texts

D. Thorpe, A. Buti, C. Davies, S. Fridman and P. Johnson, SportsLaw, Sydney:  Oxford University Press, 2009


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1631 07 May 2015 07 May 2015 22 May 2015 23 Jun 2015 In Person N/A

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