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LAWS442 Law and the Sports Industry

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Law, economics and morality of professional sports leagues, focusing on the antitrust (competition law) and contractual issues surrounding professional sport as well as the ethical problems facing sport's governing authorities.

Sports Law is wide and draws upon most areas of the law. Selected topics usually include: salary caps and other competitive balance mechanisms, player mobility disputes, restraint of trade, combatting corruption (performance-enhancing drugs, match fixing), judicial review of sporting bodies and the ethics of public funding or subsidisation of sport.

Paper title Law and the Sports Industry
Paper code LAWS442
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $672.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,118.80

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LAWS 202
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
May not be credited together with LAWS 485 passed in 2014-2015.
Teaching staff
Professor Rex Ahdar
Course materials are provided by the Faculty.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
A detailed understanding of the law, economics and morality of professional sports leagues.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41