Director of Studies, Sports Law
Jack Anderson joined Melbourne Law School in 2017. Previously he taught at the University of Limerick from where he was appointed a Senior Research Scholar by the Irish Research Council for Humanities & Social Sciences in 2002. In 2003 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law, Australian National University, Canberra. Promoted to Senior Lecturer at Queen’s in 2008, Reader in 2011, and Professor of Law in 2012, he taught the law of torts; alternative dispute resolution; and sports law.
Jack now teaches the law of torts and sports law at Melbourne Law School, having previously taught criminal law.
Jack’s primary research interest is the relationship between sport and the law. He has published widely in the area including The Legality of Boxing (Routledge, London, 2007), Modern Sports Law (Hart, Oxford 2010) and the edited collection Landmark Cases in Sports Law (The Hague, Asser, 2013).
He was Editor-in-Chief of the International Sports Law Journal based at the International Sports Law Centre at the Asser Institute from 2013 to 2016 and is an Editorial Board member of lawinsport.com
Jack regularly presents at leading international sports law conferences and events and contributes to the media in Australia, Britain and Ireland on sports law matters. He is an accredited workplace mediator and a Chartered Arbitrator, (CArb). Jack was also a member of a number of sports dispute resolution tribunals in Ireland such as Just Sport Ireland; the Football Association of Ireland’s Disciplinary Panel; Secretary of the Gaelic Athletic Association’s Disputes Resolution Authority.
Jack remains an arbitrator on the international panel for Sport Resolutions UK. He sits on the disciplinary tribunal of the Football Federation of Victoria; is an arbitrator on World Athletics’ Disciplinary Tribunal and a member of the International Hockey Federation’s Integrity Unit. He is a current member of the Asia Racing Federation’s Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce and the advisory committee on integrity issues in sport for Basketball Australia.
From 2016-2019, he was a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and appeared on the list of arbitrators of the CAS Ad hoc Division for the UEFA EURO 2016 (European football championships). He was the sole CAS arbitrator at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
In 2019, he was appointed to the International Tennis Federation’s Ethics Commission and was asked by the Australian government to chair the advisory committee to prepare for the establishment of a national sports tribunal. In 2020, he was appointed as an arbitrator/mediator on the inaugural panel to serve on the National Sports Tribunal and in the same year, was appointed by the Victorian government to the Board of Harness Racing Victoria.
The Melbourne JD
Melbourne Law Masters
- Esports and the Law (2021)
- Sports Industry and the Law (2021)
- Independent Legal Research: Sport and Human Rights (2021)
Other School and University Responsibilities
- Director of Studies, Sports Law
- MLM Committee
- University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee Member (HASS 2)
Memberships and Affiliations
- CArb, Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London
- Consultant, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Safeguarding in Sport
- Member, Board, Harness Racing Victoria
- Member, Arbitrator, National Sports Tribunal of Australia
- Member, International Tennis Federation, Ethics Commission
- Member, Arbitrator, World Athletics' Disciplinary Tribunal
- Member, Arbitrator, Sport Resolutions UK
- Member, Subject expert, International Hockey Federation's Integrity Unit