Sports Law

Melbourne Law School is a world pioneer in exploring the interface between sport and the law and the 2018 program more than ever lives up to its international reputation for innovation and industry relevance with an exceptional variety of subjects taught by some international leaders in their fields.

Melbourne Law School’s internationally renowned specialisation in sports law is at the cutting-edge of sporting and legal knowledge. It was developed specifically for legal practitioners and professionals in the growing field of sports administration and management, for whom an understanding of sports law will provide a real professional advantage. With specially formulated international and national advisory boards influencing the program’s focus and direction, the graduate program in sports law provides a fascinating insight into this legal area.

Sports law study options

National Advisory Board

  • Mr Michael Robinson AO, Solicitor (Chair)
  • Mr Adrian Anderson, Barrister; formerly General Manager, Football Operations, Australian Football League
  • Mr John Boultbee AM, Barrister; formerly Director, Australian Institute of Sport; formerly Head of National Teams, Football Federation Australia; Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Professor Peter Fricker OAM, Formerly Director, Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra
  • Mr David Gallop, Solicitor; Chief Executive Officer, Football Federation Australia, Sydney; Member, Board of Commissioners, Australian Sports Commission
  • Mr Simon Rofe, Solicitor; formerly President, Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association
  • Dr Graham Smith, Clayton Utz

International Advisory Board

  • Mr Malcolm Speed AO, The Coalition of Major Professional & Participation Sports Inc (Chair)
  • Ms Lois Appleby, Major Event Consultant, Calgary, Canada
  • Professor Margareta Baddeley, Faculté de Droit, L’Université de Genève, Genève, Switzerland
  • Mr John Barnes, Research Centre for Sport in Canadian Society, School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
  • The Hon Michael Beloff QC, Barrister-at-Law, London, United Kingdom; Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Mr David Howman, Barrister; New Zealand; formerly Director General, World Anti-Doping Agency
  • Professor Rochelle le Roux, Deputy Director, Institute of Development and Labour Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Professor Richard McLaren OC, Western University Canada, Canada; Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Canada
  • Professor Matthew Mitten, Marquette University, Wisconsin, United States; Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport; President, Sports Lawyers? Association (United States)
  • Professor Gary Roberts, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, United States; formerly President, Sports Lawyers' Association (United States)
  • Mr Lauri Tarasti, Formerly Justice of the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland, Helsinki, Finland
  • Mr Stephen Townley, Chairman of Directors, Active Rights Management Limited, London, United Kingdom
  • Professor Klaus Vieweg, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany; Vice-President, International Association of Sports Law; Vice-President, German Association of Sports Law

Sports Law News

Sports Dispute Resolution

Recent times have witnessed a number of high-profile instances of the use of courts and arbitral tribunals to resolve sporting disputes.
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Cricket and the Olympics

In this Opinion piece published on the ABC's The Drum, on 12 August 2015, Director of Studies of the Sports Law Program, Hayden Opie, discusses the blueprint for cricket at the Olympics as proposed by the International Cricket Council's arch rival, Lalit Modi, and aired on Four Corners on 10 August 2015.
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Sports Law published student work

Message from the Director of Studies

One of the pleasures of my involvement with the Sports Law program comes from seeing our students take their research efforts to the wider world through the publication of their papers and theses. Their work is making a significant contribution to an understanding of the legal environment in which sport functions and to working towards resolving some of the difficult legal issues confronting the proper administration and conduct of sport in Australia and internationally. The listing of their collective efforts has recently been extensively updated and I commend it to you.

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