University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

Intl & Comparative Sports Law: Examining the Global Perspect

This course will examine the international and comparative dimensions of sports and the law. These dimensions are increasingly important as the practice of sports law becomes more global. Topics will include, but not be limited to: the Olympic movement (IOC and the Olympic Charter) and the governance of international sports competitions including international federations (FIFA, IAAF) and national governing bodies; the World Anti-Doping Agency, the United States Anti-Doping Agency, and the World Anti-Doping Code including the prohibited list; issues surrounding the regulation of supplements and performance enhancing drugs; the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland; professional athletes as "amateurs" and their eligibility for Olympic competition; international torts and dispute resolution; the internationalization of U.S. sports leagues; ambush marketing; international marketing of athletes; representation of athletes in international sports; and other discussion driven based on current events, including the 2014 Olympic Winter Games to be held in Sochi, Russia. Students will be expected to come ready for a lively discussion and are encouraged to raise additional topics of interest related to the themes of the course.