Session 4

Legal Frameworks

11 – 15 March 2019

Explain the wider legal context in which sports governing bodies operate, particularly as regards the European Union, and outline the range of legal mechanisms at their disposal in their governance and regulatory roles by assessing:

  • The legal challenges facing sports governing bodies, including commercial, labour-related and disciplinary disputes;
  • The varied nature of international sports law;
  • The organisation and management of the in-house legal department of a sports governing body;
  • The internal and external management of legal disputes with a specific focus on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms;
  • The role of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS);
  • The influence of the European Union and other, global legal jurisdictions on the regulatory role of sports governing bodies and the recent history of legal interventions in the sport environment;
  • The role of lobbying at national and European level.

Bal√°zs 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.”