Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

University of Pretoria

Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

University of Pretoria

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The mission of the Sports Law Centre, University of Pretoria is to provide a centre of excellence by providing high quality services, research and products to the sporting world (sport federations and associations, the professional sports industry, organisations, professional athletes, etc.)

For this purpose the Sports Law Centre, the Highperformancecentre(tm) and the University of Pretoria have reached an agreement of cooperation related to sports law.

The institutions aim to cooperate and coordinate their activities in order to develop and promote a better understanding of sports law and to promote its advancement and ethical practice.

In 2006, the Sports Law Centre and the world renowned ASSER International Sports Law Centre, The Hague, Netherlands concluded an agreement of cooperation in international sports law.


The Sports Law Centre provides advice and assistance across the full spectrum of sports law, including:

* negotiating and drafting of contracts;

* dispute resolution;

* negotiating and documenting sponsorship and endorsement agreements;

* evaluation and exploitation of commercial opportunities;

* representation agreements (agency);

* protection of intellectual property rights;

* participation contracts with sports federations and athletes;

* risk management and compliance;

* drafting and amending constitutions and internal rules;

* competition rules and technical matters;

* representation in any dispute/disciplinary proceedings;

* doping;

* risk management, liabilities, waivers and disclaimers;

* good corporate governance;

* employment issues.

Other services

We can provide legal opinions on most matters, conduct research for you on any area of law and we can provide in-house training or workshops on any of the above fields for your members or staff.


Sports Law 420 (SRR 420) is offered as an elective for final year LLB students at the University of Pretoria. The subject has grown immensely since its inception in 2000 and between 100-150 students register for this course every year, making it the most popular LLB elective.

The Sports Law Centre hosts an intensive two day programme twice a year and lectures are given by leading sports law experts. …

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