Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

Sports Law

Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

Sports Law

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Michael Beloff Tim Kerr Marie Demetriou + Rupert Beloff Hardback Second Edition 2012 Hart Publishing Oxford & Portland Oregon Pages 346 + XLIX ISBN: 978-1-84113-367-6 price: [pounds sterling] 95.00

This is the second updated and expanded edition of this Book, which first appeared in 1999, written by a team of English Barristers based in London.

As the authors acknowledge, during the last thirteen years, Sports Law has come of age and that "[f]ew now dispute the existence of sports law as a discrete branch of the law." And, that declaration, it may be noted, comes from the lead author, who is the current President of the British Association for Sport and Law, a body that has always denied the existence of Sports Law!

The Book is divided into the following main sections: The Nature of Sports Law; Framework of the Law Relating to Sport; Access to Sporting Competitions; Players' Rights; The Regulation of Play; The Commercial Exploitation of Sport; Disciplinary Proceedings in Sport; and The Resolution of Legal Disputes in Sport. This latter section includes a good account of the organisation and work of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in its various forms, which, perhaps, is only to be expected as the lead author is a long-time member of the CAS!

Although a slim volume, the coverage of the Book is reasonably comprehensive: a case of 'multum in parvo'.

However, your reviewer would have liked to have had a more in-depth coverage of the European Union aspects of Sports Law, where there have been considerable developments and significant nuances in EU Sports Law and Policy, in the last ten years or so, with a wide impact and importance that extend beyond Europe. …

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