New Research Grants

2016 MLS-Asia Research Collaboration funding scheme – “Integrity in Sport: Comparative Approaches to Match-Fixing in Australia, Japan and Korea”

Project Description

This project by the Asian Law Centre and Sports Law Program at Melbourne Law School (MLS) takes the form of a multi-contributor book which examines approaches to combatting match-fixing in Australia, Japan and South Korea. The grant will support the translation of two chapters in the book from Korean to English.

The book is part of the Asian Law Centre and Sports Law Program’s efforts to engage with Asian academics, regulators and law enforcement bodies to achieve a greater understanding of match-fixing and the current level of legal response in these key Asian sporting nations. It builds on the papers presented at the Sports Law and Integrity Workshop in February 2015.

This grant has been awarded to Stacey Steele and Hayden Opie (MLS), with Dr Kee Young Yeun (Dongguk University, Republic of Korea) and Dr Young Ryuel Chung (Korea University).

ARC Discovery Grant – “Islam, Law and the State in the Philippines”

Project Description

Using the Philippines as a case study, the project plans to offer insights into a question that is of global significance but also of direct relevance to Australia: how Muslim minorities use sharĂ®’a in their search for legitimacy and identity and the role of conflict in that process. It also plans to explore their opposition to the legal systems of modern nation states. The project aims to provide a thorough contemporary description of both the state system for the application of Islamic law in the Philippines and alternative systems developed by Muslim minorities who have used violence in their efforts to secede from that state, and have threatened regional security.

This grant has been awarded to Tim Lindsey, Kerstin Steiner (Monash) and M.B. Hooker.

International Research Visitors Scheme – Professor Xie Chuanyu

Professor Xie Chuanyu is a Professor at the People’s Public Security University of China.  She will visit the ALC from 11 July to 22 August, 2016.

Professor Xie’s research project will engage in a comparative study of the systems for punishment of minor offending. It will use the experience in Victoria of summary offences and summary procedure and the various programs operated in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria as a way of better understanding the methods, rationales and challenges in handling minor offending. It uses this experience to examine and reflect upon the trials currently being undertaken in China. In particular, it will consider the extent to which the Victorian experience is useful as a reference for reform efforts in China, to highlight differences in the structure and operation of the Chinese justice system that either facilitate or impede introduction of problem solving approaches to the administration of justice, the feasibility of diversion programs and the procedural safeguards that are necessary for just administration if investigation, prosecution and trial are to be expedited.

International Research Visitors Scheme – Professor Keiji Kawai

Professor Keiji Kawai is a Professor in the Faculty of Policy Studies at Doshisha University, Japan.  He will visit the ALC in 2016.

The structure of labour relations in professional sports has started to be extremely important in the league management strategies in recent years. The aim of Professor Kawai’s research is labour management of professional leagues in countries other than Japan.  This research will focus on the current situation in Australia, including approaches to labour management, issues with the introduction of a salary cap system in professional leagues, international cooperation of players’ associations in professional sports like FIFPro, and the effect of this cooperation on domestic professional leagues.