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International Sports Employment Law (LAWS70117)

Graduate coursework level 7Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework Level 7
Subject codeLAWS70117
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‘Player contracts’ is often the first thought that comes to mind when sports law is mentioned, but it is the framework of labour market rules concerning the likes of transfers, drafts and salary caps that constitutes one of the most engaging and unique aspects of the sports law landscape. The international nature of sport is reflected in this subject’s exploration of employment, labour market rules and the role of player associations and collective bargaining in major sports across three continents. This popular subject is for anyone interested in the representation of athletes and their employers. Between them the lecturers muster a vast knowledge and practical experience in this important field.

This subject will examine sports employment law issues internationally, particularly in Australasia, Europe and the United States. Attention will be paid to the major professional team sports in these different legal jurisdictions and the legal needs of key stakeholders. A prominent theme will be the unusual aspects of the sports labour market and industrial relations process.

Principal topics include:

  • Commercial environment of the sports labour market
  • General principles of employment law in sports
  • Labour market controls in professional team sports and the role of competition law in Australasia, Europe and the United States
  • Emergence and role of player associations
  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • The player/agent legal relationship and the regulation of agents
  • Player marketing rights
  • Selected issues in employment law, including selection, disciplinary measures, disability and workers’ compensation, termination and grievance procedures.

Intended learning outcomes

A student who has successfully completed this subject will:

  • Possess a general knowledge of international sports employment issues
  • Understand employment and competition law issues of major professional team sports, particularly in Australasia, Europe and North America
  • Understand the nature and role of player associations
  • Be able to engage in informed debate over the sufficiency of sports employment law in different legal jurisdictions to serve the interests of various stakeholders.

Last updated: 29 March 2019