Session 3

Legal Framework

18 – 22 January 2021
BRUSSELS – BELGIUM

This session aims to describe the very broad legal context in which sport governing bodies operate, to raise awareness of the range of legal issues they face and to present the range of legal mechanisms available to sport governing bodies in their governance and regulatory roles.

During this session, you will notably broaden your knowledge of:

  • the external management of legal disputes (the different sources of international sports law and the role of the Court of Arbitration for Sport);
  • the internal settlement of legal disputes (the management of a legal department and the disciplinary powers of sport governing bodies);
  • the legal and political framework for sports in Europe (EU law and its application to sport, and the role of the Council of Europe);
  • the critical importance of legal risk management and the different practical ways to achieve it; and
  • EU lobbying.


Balázs Nemcsik
Secretary General, Hungarian Water Polo Federation
MESGO III Participant

“The session on the legal frameworks of European sport proved to be one of the most important during my MESGO studies. Noted experts introduced us to the depths of EU law, explaining how this complex legal environment has an impact on sports organisations. Learning about the most prominent CAS [Court of Arbitration for Sport] cases and comparing existing European legal mechanisms with those applied in our own federation was extremely useful. Altogether, the week in Brussels was a valuable milestone for all.”