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International Sports Law. Olympic (Paralympic) Law

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Elective course
1 year, 3, 4 module

Course Syllabus


The course pays special attention to the basic issues of international sports law and Olympic (Paralympic) law from both theoretical and practical viewpoint. The main aim of the course is to provide students with general knowledge of the basic issues of International sports law and Olympic (Paralympic) law from both theoretical and applied viewpoint. The students will learn basic rules of International Sports law. The course will cover theoretical discussion that provides the essential background for legislation. The students will see what ideas formed the basis of Olympic (Paralympic) Law. The structure of the course is based on traditional syllabus for Russian students. It includes discussion of basic concepts. One of the central topics of the course is sources, principles, subjects of International Sports law, Olympic (Paralympic) Law.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • After successful completion of this course, students will be able to: - know main issues of International sports law and Olympic (Paralympic) law concepts; - understand main issues of International sports law and Olympic (Paralympic) law; - analyze national and international approaches to the regulation of particular sports and Olympic (Paralympic) law issues; - acquire skills necessary for drafting legal papers concerning international sports and Olympic (Paralympic) law issues.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students must gain knowledge on: - the distinctive features of International Sports Law and Olympic (Paralympic) law; - the system of International sports law and Olympic (Paralympic) law; - the main characteristics of International sports law and Olympic (Paralympic) law; - the most significant decisions of the World Anti-doping Agency; - the peculiarities of International sports law and Olympic (Paralympic) law Legal Sources;
  • Students must gain skills and abilities: - to read academic works about Sports law and to summarize their content accurately; - to find legal judicial and governmental resources in English accessible through the Internet; - to analyze basic concepts of International sports law and Olympic (Paralympic) law; - to analyze principles of International sports law and Olympic (Paralympic) law their application in practice; - to analyze International sports law context;
  • Students should gain the following competences: - to correctly use the legal terminology and understand legal concepts; - to analyze critically the academic literature and other sources for legal research in the area of the International sports law and Olympic (Paralympic) law - to work with information (search, evaluate, use information, necessary for fulfilment of scientific and professional tasks, from various sources, including application of the systematic approach);
  • Students should gain the following competences: - to carry out professional activities in the international environment; - to search for and analyze legally relevant information by using the juridical, comparative and other specific methods, - to describe legal problems and situations in the field of International sports law and Olympic (Paralympic) law;
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • International Sports Law International sports law: concept and development
  • Lex Spotriva
  • Special principles of international sports law
  • Sources of International sports law
  • Sources of International sports law. Hierarchy of legal rules (norms) in International sports law system. Legislation and other normative acts as the sources of law. Soft Law
  • Subjects of International sports law
  • Collisions between the national sources of law and International sports law. Debates on the role of the decisions of Court of Arbitration for Sport. Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on sportsmen
  • The process of regulation of international sports relations
  • Bodies of the universal level of the United Nations Organization
  • Specialized agencies and programs of the United Nations Organization
  • Preventing violence and hooligan behavior of spectators and fans
  • Environmental protection when organizing international sports competitions
  • Economic crimes in international sports
  • II.Olympic Law Olympic movement as a component of the international sport movement
  • History of Olympic Movement
  • Basic provisions of Olympic Law
  • Subjects of Olympic Law
  • International Olympic Committee
  • Corporate norms elaborated by the International Olympic Committee. Legal basis of organizing and conducting competitions
  • Countering doping
  • Settling sport disputes in Olympic context
  • Protection of property rights with regard to television and radio broadcasts of international sports competitions. The use of Olympic symbols
  • III. Paralympic Law History of Paralympic movement. Principles of Paralympic movement and Paralympic Games
  • System of Paralympic governance on national and international level.
  • The fundamental principles of Paralympic movement.
  • the International Paralympic Committee
  • Eligibility criteria and athletes classification.
  • Performance enhancement regulation in Paralympic context: doping; medicine; equipment; new technologies
  • Human rights in Paralympic context
  • Disputes in Paralympic context
  • Ways of resolving sports disputes through arbitration and appeal proceedings in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
  • Judicial proceedings in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking ClassWork
  • non-blocking Essay
  • non-blocking Exam
    Экзамен проводится в устной форме (опрос по материалам курса). Экзамен проводится на платформе Zoom (https://zoom.us). К экзамену необходимо подключаться в порядке ответов конкретного студента. Порядок ответов определяется внутри группы самостоятельно. Компьютер студента должен удовлетворять требованиям: наличие рабочей камеры и микрофона, поддержка Zoom. Для участия в экзамене студент обязан: поставить на аватар свою фотографию, явиться на экзамен согласно точному расписанию, при ответе включить камеру и микрофон. Во время экзамена студентам запрещено: выключать камеру, пользоваться конспектами и подсказками. Кратковременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается нарушение связи менее минуты. Долговременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается нарушение минута и более. При долговременном нарушении связи студент не может продолжить участие в экзамене.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.4 * ClassWork + 0.2 * Essay + 0.4 * Exam


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Wojciech B. Cieśliński, & Igor Perechuda. (2015). Profit and Nonprofit Sports Clubs: Financial and Organizational Comparison in Poland. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1108842

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bailey, S. (2008). Athlete First : A History of the Paralympic Movement. Chichester, England: Wiley-Interscience. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=231938
  • Gauthier, R. (2017). The International Olympic Committee, Law, and Accountability. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1441275
  • Internationalism in the olympic movement : idea and reality between nations, cultures and people / Holger Preuss, ... (eds.). (2011). Wiesbaden: VS Verl. für Sozialwissenschaften. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.349450803