Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

Modern Sports Law

Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

Modern Sports Law

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by Jack Anderson

2010 Hart Publishing Oxford UK & Portland Oregon USA

ISBN 978-1-84113-685-1 Pages 373 + XLIX Paperback Price [pounds sterling]25

According to the Author, Dr Jack Anderson, who is Senior Lecturer in Law at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, the aim of this Book is to "provide an account of how the law influences the operation, administration and playing of modern sports." Including, presumably, 'Wiff-waff' according to Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, looking forward to 'Ping-Pong' coming home to the London Olympics in 2012!

In its Eight Chapters, the Book covers the historical development of Sports Law; national and international issues on the operation and administration of sport; matters relating to the playing of and participation in sport; and the commercial aspects of the evolving professional sports industry, which is big business globally and nationally.

Within these general themes, the Book deals with such vexed legal questions as challenges to the decisions of sports governing bodies; civil and criminal liability in sport (I note particularly that there is good coverage of boxing, a subject on which Anderson is something of an expert!); doping in sport; sports-related contracts of employment; and, a subject particularly close to your reviewer's heart, the settlement of sports disputes by ADR, including a useful review of the activities of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, whose influence on the 'extra-judicial' settlement of sports-related disputes at the international level continues to increase year on year. The actual choice of the topics covered in the Book is, in the words of its Author, "somewhat eclectic. …

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