Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

Lex Sportiva: What Is Sports Law?

Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

Lex Sportiva: What Is Sports Law?

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Lex Sportiva: What is Sports Law? Robert C R Siekmann & Janwillem Soek Editors 2012 TMC Asser Press The Hague The Netherlands Hardback Pages 391 + XIX ISBN 978-90-6704-826-6 Price [euro]147,65

This Book deals with a subject close to the heart of your reviewer, having been a pioneer of Sports Law, both as a practitioner and an academic, for more than twenty-five years. Is there such a thing as Sports Law - a kind of 'Lex Sportiva' - as a discrete/distinct body of Law? And, if so, what is it and which criteria should be used to identify it?

This is a vexed and continuing question and divides academics and practitioners alike. Certainly sport is important - this is not only recognised by the European Union in the so-called Sport Article 165 of the Lisbon Treaty, but also by the fact that sport is big business globally. As such, there is an important interface between Sport and the Law and the different ways in which they influence and engage with one another. In other words, there are more and more contentious and non-contentious issues all the time which fall to be determined by the Law around the world. This phenomenon presents an on-going and fascinating challenge to general and sports lawyers alike.

The Book brings together contributions from a variety of authors from a variety of countries and also includes extended Papers presented at the 2010 Djakarta Conference on 'The Concept of Lex Sportiva Revisited' organised, amongst other bodies, by the Indonesia Lex Sportiva Instituta, whose Executive Director, Hinca I Pandjaitan, has written the Foreword to this Book, which he describes as "timely" and with which your reviewer would entirely agree! …

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