Craig Dickson

  • Craig Dickson

    PhD candidate

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Craig Dickson is a Ph.D. candidate in Sports Law at the Melbourne Law School. His research, originating in an intellectual property law context, focuses on the use and efficacy of video evidence in the sports tribunals, for on-field adjudication and in the courts. As such, the research covers not only the circumstances in which film footage is employed for decision-making purposes but also how it used to determine the facts in issue.

Having returned to Law School to re-train for another career, Craig first worked in private legal practice before joining the newly accredited Law School at the Auckland University of Technology as a Senior Lecturer in 2010. Prior to accepting a place on the Melbourne Law School Ph.D. programme, Craig also spent a year as a teaching Fellow at the School of Accounting and Commercial Law at Victoria, University of Wellington.

Craig holds a B.A., M.A. (Hons) – political science and history and an LL.B. (Hons) from the University of Canterbury and an LL.M. from the University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Asian Pacific Copyright Association.

Thesis Title

The Use of Video Technology for Adjudication: a Comparative Analysis of the Veracity and Efficacy of Using Video Evidence in the Courts and on the Sports Field

Thesis Summary

Technological developments have had important and far-reaching effects on the collection, verification and admissibility of evidence in the courts. The drive to incorporate technological advances for rule adjudication on the sports field has mirrored this increasing use of technological support in legal proceedings. The thesis aims to compare the increasing use of evidential video as a species of documentary evidence in the courts with the ever increasing use of video technology for adjudication within sporting contests and in post-match disciplinary tribunals. Both in the courts and sporting arenas, there is manifest an identifiable tendency to look for best practice elsewhere to indicate what the acceptable standards should be. Moreover, in determining the veracity of video evidence routinely used for adjudication, the question that must always be asked is, “can we believe what it is we see.”


  • Copyright Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Sports Law
  • Trade Marks & Design