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8 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Training on Sports Law

Ali Mashraf
Training on Sports Law

Laws reflect the ever-changing needs of the society. With the flow of time and the advent of technology, new issues and challenges pertaining to the legal arena are cropping up regularly. Sport, though an activity for recreation and rejuvenating life, is not merely so in the 21st Century since an industry surrounding it has grown and flourished globally. With that, illegal and unethical practices in this domain have become rampant in recent years. As such, policymakers are constantly thinking of ways to contain such practices and uphold the true spirit of the game.  

Sports law is not an isolated branch of law, rather it is a multi-dimensional law sourced from national and international regulations, with elements from constitutional law, contract law, intellectual property law, competition law, insurance law, among other things.  

The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), a pioneer institution of legal education in Bangalore, India, hosted a professional certificate course on sports law at its international training centre from February 9 to 11. Lawyers and students with career aspirations in sports law, sports industry professionals, representatives of governing bodies as well as interested academicians from different regions of India and neighbouring countries attended the training.

I had the immense honour to represent University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in the prestigious training programme, and delve into the magnificent world of sports law as well as the various laws intricately connected and applicable to the sports domain.

At the inauguration ceremony, distinguished speakers stressed upon the fact that law schools should be at the forefront of innovation and invention. Furthermore, they pointed out that with law now getting into specialised branches, ample scope has been created for lawyers to practice. Hence, the speakers opined, such initiatives would provide a head start to legal practitioners in a booming arena like sports law.     

The first day had sessions on ‘Introduction to Sports Law: Issues & Challenges’, ‘Criminal Law and Sports’ and ‘Sports Insurance and the Law’. The second day had two sessions dedicated to contract law and its application in sports domain, a session on ‘Sports Associations and Law Relating to Societies’, a discourse on the BCCI vs Cricket Association of Bihar case and its future implications on BCCI, and an insightful session on ‘Tax Implication in Sports’.

The last day of the training began with a session on ‘Interface of Sports and Intellectual Property Law’. The other sessions of the day were on ‘Sports Persons – Advertisements, Endorsement and Marketing’, ‘Anti-Doping Rules framework’, ‘Dispute Resolution in Sports’ and ‘Sports Ethics and Law’.

Throughout the training, the facilitators spoke on the topics meticulously, citing provisions from the constitution, the relevant laws as well as case decisions from Indian, Canadian, Australian, British and American jurisdictions. They remarked that since sports law jurisprudence is yet to develop in the Subcontinent, it is essential to know about the developments in other countries and apply the relevant provisions in our jurisdiction.

The participants got to know about new problems pertaining to law and sports from the sessions on marketing and advertisement, taxation, and anti-doping. Additionally, the sessions on criminal law and intellectual property rights redefined the perception of the participants and enabled them to think differently on how to apply the laws in sports settings.

Since the sessions were interactive, they helped everyone to understand the intersection of sports with law. The participants were challenged to discuss real-life disputes and give practical solutions to them. They learned about sports dispute resolutions and the proper forums to go to for seeking redress once any problem arises on law and sports. At the conclusion of the training, a valedictory ceremony took place where certificates were presented to all the participants.

The Professional Certificate Course on Sports Law is the first such initiative in South Asia on sports law. The training has enabled me to tackle problems of sports law on a very practical level. As sports law jurisprudence develops gradually in Bangladesh, the takeaways from the training will definitely help me in my legal career in the future.

The writer is a third year law student

at University of Dhaka. 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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