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Today sports have an increasing influence within society and commerce. Major sports events like the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup are watched by billions of people around the world, causing a social and economic impact globally. International sports federations (ISFs) govern and control international sport. They cannot be regulated by national courts or governments. In Sports Law a distinction has to be made between global sports law and international sports law and sports-related national law.

This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research in the field of Sports Law. It provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library’s classification index code 167. Internationalism and International Life and subject heading (keyword) Sports are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.

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1. Die Olympischen Spielen der Neuzeit - Vermachtungstendenzen, Ökonomisierungsschübe, Verrechtlichungsdynamiken: eine Einführung
Die Olympischen Spielen der Neuzeit - Vermachtungstendenzen, Ökonomisierungsschübe, Verrechtlichungsdynamiken: eine Einführung / Wolfram Höfling. - Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck. - Page 3-6 In: Olympische Spiele / herausgegeben von Wolfram Höfling, Johannes Horst und Martin Nolte, ISBN 9783161526237: (2013), Page 3-6. - 2013
Keywords: Olympic Games, Sport, Sports event, International Olympic Committee,

2. Olympische Spiele in London und die Transformation des Olympismus
Olympische Spiele in London und die Transformation des Olympismus / Stephan Wassong. - Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck. - Page 9-26 In: Olympische Spiele / herausgegeben von Wolfram Höfling, Johannes Horst und Martin Nolte, ISBN 9783161526237: (2013), Page 9-26. - 2013
Keywords: Sport, Olympic Games, Ideology, Sports event, Principles, International Olympic Committee,

3. Olympische Spiele der Neuzeit als Wirtschaftsfaktor - Wer profitiert von den Olympischen Spielen?
Olympische Spiele der Neuzeit als Wirtschaftsfaktor - Wer profitiert von den Olympischen Spielen? / Holger Preuß. - Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck. - Page 27-56 In: Olympische Spiele / herausgegeben von Wolfram Höfling, Johannes Horst und Martin Nolte, ISBN 9783161526237: (2013), Page 27-56. - 2013
Keywords: Trade, Sport, Olympic Games, Sports event, Broadcasting, International Olympic Committee, Marketing, Economic development,

4. Olympische Spiele - Herausforderungen und Fragen aus Sicht des internationalen Recht
Olympische Spiele - Herausforderungen und Fragen aus Sicht des internationalen Recht / Christian J. Tams. - Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck. - Page 59-76 In: Olympische Spiele / herausgegeben von Wolfram Höfling, Johannes Horst und Martin Nolte, ISBN 9783161526237: (2013), Page 59-76. - 2013
Keywords: Lex sportiva, Sport, Olympic Games, Sports event, Doping, International Olympic Committee, Boycotts, International politics,

5. Die Durchführung Olympischer Spiele as Herausforderung der nationalen Rechtsordnung
Die Durchführung Olympischer Spiele as Herausforderung der nationalen Rechtsordnung / Christian von Coelln. - Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck. - Page 77-93 In: Olympische Spiele / herausgegeben von Wolfram Höfling, Johannes Horst und Martin Nolte, ISBN 9783161526237: (2013), Page 77-93. - 2013
Keywords: Public order, Sport, Olympic Games, Sports event, Liberty and security of the person, International Olympic Committee,

6. Die Vermarktung Olympischer Spiele
Die Vermarktung Olympischer Spiele / Jens Adolphsen. - Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck. - Page 95-105 In: Olympische Spiele / herausgegeben von Wolfram Höfling, Johannes Horst und Martin Nolte, ISBN 9783161526237: (2013), Page 95-105. - 2013
Keywords: Marketing, Sport, Olympic Games, Sponsoring, Advertising, International Olympic Committee, Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol [Nairobi, 26 September 1981],

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  • Brooks, G., A. Aleem and M. Button, Fraud, Corruption and Sport, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

    Brooks, G., A. Aleem and M. Button, Fraud, Corruption and Sport, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

    Sport plays a collective social, political and cultural role around the world. In recent years, however, it has become associated with stories of corruption including gambling, consumption of illegal substances and institutional vote rigging. This book examines the level, depth and range of fraud and corruption in sport and the methods used to counteract and prevent fraud and corruption which damages the integrity of sport.

    Brooks, Aleem and Button argue that sport is often downplayed and defended as ‘different’ from other businesses. This book demonstrates that sport encounters the same types of fraud and corruption as business everywhere, and those specific to it such as match fixing, point shaving associated with vested gambling interests and tanking to secure better players in the future. Fraud, Corruption and Sport analyses a diverse range of cases internationally from across the sporting world including football, cricket, horse racing, basketball, baseball and boxing.

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  • Paoli, L. and A. Donati, The Sports Doping Market: Understanding Supply and Demand, and the Challenges of Their Control, New York, Springer, 2014.

    Paoli, L. and A. Donati, The Sports Doping Market: Understanding Supply and Demand, and the Challenges of Their Control, New York, Springer, 2014.

    This book examines sports doping from production and distribution, detection and punishment. Detailing the daily operations of the trade and its gray area as a semi-legal market, the authors cover important issues ranging from athletes most at risk to the role of organized crime in sports doping, and whether sports governing bodies are enabling the trade. Starting with an unprecedented case study in Italy, the intense scrutiny from one pivotal country yields a potential template for research and policy on a world scale. Doping and Sport makes solid contributions to the work of researchers in criminology and criminal justice, particularly with an interest in corruption, drug trafficking, and criminal networks; researchers in sports science and public health; and policymakers.

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  • Spaaij, R. and C. Burleson (eds.), The Olympic Movement and the Sport of Peacemaking, London, Routledge, 2013.

    Spaaij, R. and C. Burleson (eds.), The Olympic Movement and the Sport of Peacemaking, London, Routledge, 2013.

    Sport and peacemaking have evolved. It is no longer the case that the Olympic Games and war games exist in isolation from each other. Increasingly, policymakers, peacekeepers, athletes, development workers, presidents of nations and others combine forces in an “integrated” approach towards peace. This approach is located not only within the broader, historically evolved Olympic Movement but also in relation to a newly emerged social movement which promotes development and peace through sport. This book critically examines the ways in which this development is being played out at global, national and local levels, particularly in relation to the Olympic Movement and initiatives such as the biennial Olympic Truce Resolution.

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  • Anderson, J. (ed.), Leading Cases in Sports Law, The Hague, Asser, 2013.

    Anderson, J. (ed.), Leading Cases in Sports Law, The Hague, Asser, 2013.

    This collection of key cases in sports law accounts for both the historical development of the topic and critical, contemporary issues in sports law.  The collection includes case law from numerous jurisdictions across the common and civil law traditions and includes leading awards at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which individually have contributed to the robustness of modern sports law. This collection will interest practitioners, students and sports law academics  and will also appeal to those interested in the study of sport more generally. It is amust have for every sports law library, sports law practitioner or student interested in the area.

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  • Kleiner, J., Der Spielervertrag im Berufsfussball: unter Berücksichtigung prozessualer Besonderheiten in Verfahren vor staatlichen Gerichten, Schiedsgerichten und Verbandsinstanzen, Stuttgart, Boorberg, 2013.

    Kleiner, J., Der Spielervertrag im Berufsfussball: unter Berücksichtigung prozessualer Besonderheiten in Verfahren vor staatlichen Gerichten, Schiedsgerichten und Verbandsinstanzen, Stuttgart, Boorberg, 2013.
    Das vorliegende Werk behandelt die Vertragsbeziehung zwischen einem Berufsfussballer und seinem Club. Dabei werden vorab die prozessualen Rahmenbedingungen der verschiedenen Rechtsprechungsbehörden (Court of Arbitration for Sport, FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber und staatliche Gerichte) untersucht. Es wird aufgezeigt, wie sich verfahrensrechtliche Unterschiede auf die materiellrechtliche Behandlung spielervertraglicher Streitigkeiten auswirken. 
    Im Rahmen der Darstellung der Vertragspflichten von Spieler und Club wird sodann die Rechtsprechung des Court of Arbitration for Sport, der FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber sowie von staatlichen Gerichten umfassend berücksichtigt. 
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  • Karamichas, J.,The Olympic Games and the Environment, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

    Karamichas, J.,The Olympic Games and the Environment, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

    Nowadays, sports Mega-events – with the Olympic Games leading the way – go to immense effort to showcase their environmental credentials. With that in mind, this book compares and contrasts the environmental credentials of four Olympic Host cities starting with Sydney 2000, the host of the first Green Summer Olympics, and culminating with London 2012. Setting out a comparative cross-national study that makes extensive use of perspectives offered by environmental sociology, this book showcases the scientific analytical vigour of this sociological sub-discipline. Since in most cases, the linkages between hosting the Games and the environment that are made by the general public and policy-makers are mostly in relation to the regeneration of the host city, this book engages with this type of environmental related contributions that can be made by Olympic Games hosting. Yet, inspired by the emphasis that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gives on the environmental impact and legacy of Games in terms of the Ecological Modernization (EM) perspective, the book engages with the potential imbued by Olympic Games hosting for the EM of the host nation.

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  • Peter, H., H. Ross and G. McKenzie (eds.) ,The 33rd America's Cup: Judicial and Arbitral Decisions, Alphen aan den Rijn, Kluwer Law International, 2012.

    Peter, H., H. Ross and G. McKenzie (eds.) ,The 33rd America's Cup: Judicial and Arbitral Decisions, Alphen aan den Rijn, Kluwer Law International, 2012.

    This book is to make more accessible for future reference the judgments of various Courts and other dispute resolution bodies delivered during the tumultuous 33rd America’s Cup. The structure of this book is a direct consequence of the controversies which arose on the occasion of the 33rd edition of the America’s Cup. Under the title “CNEV’s Challenge”, the first chapter of the book starts with a commentary followed by all documents pertaining to the initial challenge launched by the Spanish Yacht Club “Club Nautico Español de Vela” (CNEV). It contains in particular the Protocol initially agreed by Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), the then holder of the Cup, and CNEV.

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  • Beloff, M.J. (et al.) (eds.), Sports Law, Oxford, Hart, 2012.

    Beloff, M.J. (et al.) (eds.), Sports Law, Oxford, Hart, 2012.

    Sports law has been growing with increasing rapidity over the years since the first edition of this book was published in 1999, regularly making headlines as well as leading to a developing body of law practised by specialist lawyers. This revised work, by leading practitioners in the field, with a foreword by Lord Coe, provides a coherent framework for understanding the principles of sports law in this area, as well as a deep analysis of its key features. The subject is split into various areas of practice: first, regulatory rules, which embrace the constitutional aspect of organised sport, including the disciplinary procedures of the various governing organisations; second, broadcasting and marketing resulting from the commercial exploitation, including sponsorship, of sports clubs, sporting events and players; and third,  player’s rights and obligations, which embraces a wide range of legal issues including club transfers and player contracts, and issues arising from employment (including discrimination law), personal injury and criminal law. Special attention is paid to the impact of EU and Human Rights law as well as to the influential jurisprudence of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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  • Siekmann, R.C.R. and Soek, J. (eds.), Lex Sportiva: What is Sports Law?, The Hague, Asser Press, 2012.

    Siekmann, R.C.R. and Soek, J. (eds.), Lex Sportiva: What is Sports Law?, The Hague, Asser Press, 2012.

     This book is the first to focus on the often raised and discussed question whether there is a separate discipline of international sports law and, if so, which criteria should be used to identify it. What belongs to it and what does it involve? So far, the debate has not run along any structured lines, meaning that different points of view and angles have never been systematically compared amongst experts in order to attempt to reach pertinent conclusions. In the present book highly relevant and critical English-language articles on the question “What is Sports Law?” are brought together with the extended papers and results of the 2010 Djakarta Conference “The Concept of Lex Sportiva Revisited”. The expertise and views of the contributors present an important step in the right direction and form a solid basis for further discussion amongst sports lawyers, academics and researchers on the fascinating Lex Sportiva phenomenon.

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  • Wild, A., CAS and Football: Landmark Cases, The Hague, Asser, 2012.

    Wild, A., CAS and Football: Landmark Cases, The Hague, Asser, 2012.

    This book deals with the most important decisions of CAS in football disputes. The awards are analyzed by experts, practicing all over the world. Most of the authors were directly involved in the proceedings before the CAS. The commentaries cover a broad spectrum of disputes, such as contractual stability, protection of young football players, doping, football hooliganism, match fixing, players release, multiple club ownership, player agents and the stays of execution.

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  • Maisonneuve, M., L'arbitrage des litiges sportifs, Paris, L.G.D.J., 2011.

    Maisonneuve, M., L'arbitrage des litiges sportifs, Paris, L.G.D.J., 2011.

    L’arbitrage est un mode juridictionnel de règlement des litiges qui, depuis une quinzaine d’année, n’a eu de cesse de se développer en matière sportive. Si, pour les litiges sportifs nationaux, la situation reste contrastée, pour les litiges sportifs internationaux en revanche, elle est limpide : tous ou presque sont désormais résolus par cette véritable « Cour suprême du sport mondial » qu’est devenu le Tribunal arbitral du sport.

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  • Nafziger, J.A.R. S.F. and Ross (eds.), Handbook on International Sports Law, Cheltenham, Elgar, 2011.

    Nafziger, J.A.R. S.F. and Ross (eds.), Handbook on International Sports Law, Cheltenham, Elgar, 2011.

    This Handbook presents a comprehensive collection of essays by leading scholars and practitioners in the burgeoning field of international sports law. The authors address significant legal issues on two gradually converging tracks: the mainstream institutional framework of the law, primarily the International Olympic Committee, international sports federations, regional and national sports authority, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport; and the commercial sports industry.

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  • Suárez: FIFA Showing Teeth?

    Internationally renowned sports law experts gathered this week at the Asser Institute in The Hague to follow a week-long educational programme on international sports law. The timing is excellent as of course the World Cup in Brazil is going on and in one of the most remarkable sports moments of years to come Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on his shoulder.The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has banned Suárez for nine official matches and from taking part in any kind of football-related activity for a period of four months. Let’s look at the FIFA decision.

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  • FIFA's World Cups

    In a few days, Thursday June 12th, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil will kick-off. In terms of advertising FIFA has nothing to complain: the World Cup in Brazil will generate an estimated profit of 4 billion euro (sponsoring and TV). But in terms of image FIFA has to counter a new attack: FIFA is facing fresh allegations of corruption over its controversial decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. In case corruption in the Qatar bidding is discovered, can FIFA simply run another vote for the 2022 World Cup?

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  • Protection of Olympic Properties

    During the 2014 Olympic opening ceremony in Sochi, the World could witness the familiar Olympic symbols again: the torche, the flag, the rings and the mascots: three giant, stuffed-animal-like Sochi mascots, featuring a polar bear, a leopard and a hare. All three of these animals are indigenous to the country. These Olympic symbols, logos and mascots are very popular and therefore subject of plagiarism and corruption.

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  • Match Fixing: Cheating to Lose

    Just shortly after Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah Winfrey he used doping during his career as a professional cyclist, another negative event in the sports world is getting a lot of publicity today: match fixing. Maybe this is even a greater threat to the integrity of sport than doping? Last week, Europol announced that as a result of a major investigation an extensive criminal network involved in widespread football match fixing has been uncovered.

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  • Osaka Rule and Doping at Olympics

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  • Olympic Games and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

     This evening the XXX Olympic Games will start in London. London has organized the Olympic Games twice: in 1908 and 1948. How will the Court of Arbitration for Sports be involved in Olympic Games in general and in the London Olympics in particular?

    “Because the IOC and each IF seek to apply and enforce a set of uniform rules consistently [...]

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  • Juan Antonio Samaranch (1920-2010)

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  • EURO 2008 and Hooliganism

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    Literature on this dark side of football can be found in the Peace Palace Library collection under the keyword hooliganism

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