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Protecting the integrity of sport from doping and match-fixing has become a high profile cause, especially with growing concern over links to illegal gambling, money laundering (estimated at US$130 billion through sports betting) and organised crime. Yet perhaps an even greater threat to the integrity and reputation of sport is to be found away from the fields of play. Corruption in the board rooms and administrative offices of the bodies charged with bringing leadership and good governance to world sport threatens to undermine the willingness of national governments, broadcasters and sponsors to provide essential support and serves to disillusion athletes and fans.
Corruption in International Sport explores the murky realm of ‘institutional or off-field corruption’. By comparison with anti-doping and anti-match fixing, off-field corruption has been lightly regulated and controlled. This subject will investigate the major scandals and the legal and regulatory responses of both international sports bodies and national governmental authorities. With an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the international legal order applying to corruption in sport, students will be in a position to contribute to debate and regulatory development concerning this important issue.
The lecturers share extensive knowledge in sports integrity and will bring international and national perspectives to the subject matter.
Principal topics include:
- Nature and incidence of corruption in international sport with particular attention to the allocation of event hosting rights, commercial dealings, governance and links between doping, match-fixing and sports betting
- The role and nature of international and national laws against bribery and corruption including jurisdictional issues and the realtionship between such laws
- Anti-corruption standards and measures in international sports bodies
- Regulatory measures of sports bodies to address corruption in the awarding of event hosting and other commercial rights
- Ethical standards in the governance of sports bodies including protocols for transparency
- The mechanisms of investigation and prosecution of corrupt activity including information-sharing between sports and relevant government authorities
- The role of independent, private monitoring agencies and pressure groups such as the news media and Transparency International.
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
- Understand the nature of corruption in international sport and the threats that it presents to the integrity, economy and good reputation of sport
- Understand international and national laws against bribery and corruption as they apply to sport
- Understand the legal, regulatory and practical aspects of measures taken by sports bodies to address corruption
- Understand the law affecting investigations by sport and government authorities into corruption in international sport
- 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 corruption in international sport
- Have the skills to generate critical and creative ideas relating to corruption in international sport, 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 corruption in international sport
- Have the communication skills to clearly articulate and convey complex information regarding corruption in international sport
- 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: 11 February 2021