Law 432 - International and Comparative Sports Law
Steven A. Bank
J.D. University of Chicago, 1994
This course will examine sports law in an international and comparative context. We will study the ways in which public, quasi-public, and private regulation have interacted, often ineffectively and in tension with each other, in the global sports arena – such as in the integrity of competitions, the protection of athletes, and the commercialization of sports – and consider the reforms that have been instituted or proposed to address these issues. While we will encounter many sports and legal environments in our inquiry, our primary vehicles for studying the subject will be the Olympics, FIFA and soccer generally, and cases raised in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.
At the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Interpret and apply case law, arbitration decisions, statutes, rules and regulations to determine how a court of law or a court of arbitration might resolve a dispute involving international sports, and
2. Provide thoughtful advice to policymakers on the pros and cons of particular legislative proposals in the area of international sports law