Principles and Practice in EU Sports Law
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Principles and Practice in EU Sports Law provides an overview of EU sports law. In particular it assesses sporting bodies' claims for legal autonomy from the 'ordinary law' of states and international organizations. Sporting bodies insist on using their expertise to create a set of globally applicable rules which should not be deviated from irrespective of the territory on which they are applied. The application of the lex sportiva, which refers to the
conventions that define a sport's operation, is analysed, as well as how this is used in claims for sporting autonomy. The lex sportiva may generate conflicts with a state or international institution such as the European Union, and the motives behind sporting bodies' claims in favour of the lex sportiva's
autonomy may be motivated by concern to uphold its integrity or to preserve commercial gain.

Stephen Weatherill's text underlines the tense relationship between lex sportiva and national and regional jurisdictions which is exemplified with specific focus on the EU. The development of EU sports law and its controversies are detailed, reinforced by the example of relevant legal principles in the context of the practice of sports law. The intellectual heart of the text endeavours to make a normative assessment of the strength of claims in favour of sporting autonomy, and the variation
between different jurisdictions and sports is evident. Furthermore the enduring dilemma facing sports lawyers running throughout the text is whether sport should be regarded as special, and in turn how (far) its special character should be granted legal recognition.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 172 x 242 x 27mm | 754g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198793650
  • 9780198793656
  • 2,309,292

Table of contents

1: Sport is Special
2: Three Strategies for Defending 'Sporting Autonomy'
3: The Framework and the Challenges of an EU Law and Policy on Sport
4: Sport in the Internal Market: Free Movement Law
5: Sport in the Internal Market: Competition Law
6: The EU's Legislative Competence in the Field of Sport
7: The Specific Nature of Sport: An Integrated Account of the Law of Conditional Autonomy
8: Rules Based on Nationality
9: The Transfer System
10: The Influence of EU Law on Sports Governance
11: Broadcasting
12: The Principles of EU Sports Law
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Not many authors could be a better fit than Professor Weatherill to write such a book. He has been writing on this subject for nearly thirty years, gaining a rare and consolidated knowledge in this field of law, which finds its best epilogue in this monograph ... The book will appeal to practitioners and scholars involved in or interested in the topic. The reader will find an authoritative discussion of the EU legal context relating to sports and how the "autonomy" of sport finds its place within the general framework of relevant EU law principles. Riccardo Sciaudone, The European Commercial Law Observatory
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Not many authors could be a better fit than Professor Weatherill to write such a book. He has been writing on this subject for nearly thirty years, gaining a rare and consolidated knowledge in this field of law, which finds its best epilogue in this monograph ... The book will appeal to practitioners and scholars involved in or interested in the topic. The reader will find an authoritative discussion of the EU legal context relating to sports and how the "autonomy"
of sport finds its place within the general framework of relevant EU law principles. * Riccardo Sciaudone, The European Commercial Law Observatory *
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About Stephen Weatherill

Stephen Weatherill has been the Jacques Delors Professor of European Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford, since 1998. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Law and Values in the European Union, Cases and Materials on EU Law (now in its 12th edition), and The Oxford Handbook of the European Union.
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