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Sports Integrity and Investigations (LAWS70462)

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

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework Level 7
Subject codeLAWS70462
Availability(Quotas apply)
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Sport is renowned for embodying some of the highest and most inspiring of human ideals. Few other pursuits activate the passion with which sport is played and followed. For many people, sport delivers release from the shady aspects of life. This shining image is threatened by corrupt practices around doping, match-fixing and other activities; some with links to illegal gambling and organised crime. Also, the holding of public inquiries into questionable incidents and behaviour occurring in the context of sport can have an adverse impact.

Sport bodies and governments around the world are taking legal and regulatory steps to counter these threats. This subject will explore the new frontier of sports law, from criminal laws to mandatory information sharing and monitoring arrangements, and onto the establishment and processes of inquiries. With an understanding of the international legal order around ‘integrity’ and sports investigations, students will be well-placed to contribute to this emerging field both practically and academically.

Between them, the lecturers have extensive knowledge and industry experience in sports law, anti-doping, investigations and governance.

Principal topics include at both national and international levels:

  • Nature and meaning of integrity in sports competition and governance including historical and empirical perspectives
  • The criminalisation of the manipulation of sporting outcomes
  • The legal regulation of gambling on sport and its relationship to integrity
  • Regulatory measures of sports bodies to address manipulation of sporting outcomes
  • Doping and the criminal law
  • The structure and role of investigative and enforcement bodies such as ethics commissions and integrity units
  • The establishment and conduct of inquiries into sports activities and bodies
  • Powers of investigation and information-sharing of sports bodies and relevant government authorities with particular emphasis on doping and the manipulation of sporting outcomes.

Intended learning outcomes

A student who has successfully completed this subject will:

  • Understand the nature of sports integrity and the threats to it presented by manipulation of sporting outcomes, doping and corrupt governance practices in both national and international contexts including links to organized crime and gambling;
  • Understand the principles of Australian and international law applying to sports integrity;
  • Understand the legal and regulatory aspects of measures taken by sports bodies to address threats to sports integrity;
  • Understand the law affecting investigations by sport and government authorities into breaches of sports integrity;
  • Be able to critically examine and assess the effectiveness of these laws and regulatory practices;
  • Be an engaged participant in debate regarding emerging and contemporary issues in the field of sports integrity and investigations;
  • Have the skills to generate critical and creative ideas relating to sports integrity and investigations, and to evaluate existing legal theories, principles and concepts with creativity and autonomy;
  • Have the technical skills to independently examine, research and analyse existing and emerging legal issues relating to sports integrity and investigations;
  • Have the communication skills to clearly articulate and convey complex information regarding sports and integrity and investigations;
  • Be able to apply these skills and understanding in an advanced and specialised manner in both the international and Australian legal and policy contexts

Last updated: 26 July 2019