Law - Sports Law

Law Society of Ireland

Law - Sports Law

Programme objectives
On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

A comprehensive understanding of sports law;

An ability to advise clients with confidence on a range of sports law issues;

Acquired the skills to deal with sports law issues in practice;

A thorough knowledge of the key legal issues when setting up a sports club and running a sports club;

An in-depth understanding of the key issues to address when representing an amateur/ professional sportsperson;

An excellent grasp of the technical areas of anti-doping, liability and discipline in sport.

Programme structure and approach to learning
This diploma will provide participants with an insight into the dynamic area of sports law, both domestically and internationally. Modules will address practical issues which practitioners from the smallest to the largest firms can advise on. The course begins with a look at the regulation and governance of the sport sector and identifies and discusses the sporting governing bodies. It outlines how to set up a club and reviews the rules that need to be followed.

The course also looks at club membership and the protection of both players and management. The issue of concussion and second impact syndrome has become very topical and we ask the question: how do clubs protect themselves and their players and members? Additionally, the area of child protection is examined, which is key to ensuring that young people are safeguarded in their participation in sport.

This diploma also provides a detailed examination of the commercialisation of sport, including sponsorship agreements, broadcasting, ticketing and merchandising. Key issues such as corruption in sport, violence, gambling, and technology in sport will be considered, followed by an in-depth look at the WADA anti-doping code. Finally, the course looks at disciplinary procedures, both internal and external, to include the use of alternative dispute resolution in sport. What disciplinary codes are or should be in place? What policies and procedures are in place to ensure these are adhered to and enforced? These and other questions are discussed.

We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information, visit the CPD scheme and download the CPD booklet.

The Diploma Centre team will host our annual CPD conference in November 2022. This complimentary event is a dedicated management and professional development skills and regulatory matters session. We will post an invitation on your Diploma Hub page later in the year.

Subjects taught

The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Governance and regulation
Sporting bodies,
Organisational structure; setting up a club,
Rules and regulations,
Taxation of sports organisations,
Funding and grant applications; lottery licences,
EU law and sport.

Module 2: Commercialisation of sport
Sponsorship agreements,
Ambush marketing,

Module 3: Membership
Player and management liability,
Protection of players,
Club policies and procedures,
Social media policies,
Equality and discrimination,
Child protection,
Data protection.

Module 4: Player rights
IP and media rights,
Image and player rights,
Player contracts and rights protection.

Module 5: Key issues in sport
Corruption in sport,
Violence in sport,
Concussion; second impact syndrome,
Gambling and manipulation of sports,
Sport and technology.

Module 6: Anti-doping
Application of the WADA Code,
Therapeutic use exemption,
Testing and exemptions,

Module 7: Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary codes,
Internal disciplinary procedures,
On-field offences,
Dispute resolution bodies,
Arbitration in sport,
Court of Arbitration for Sport,
Suspensions and appeals,
Challenging decisions.

Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving and are designed to revise all modules covered to date and to consolidate the participant's knowledge.

Workshop Title Date Time
Civic and Criminal liability arising out of sport.
Sports law issues facing a club.
Wednesday 30 November 2022 6pm-9pm

Sponsorship Agreements.
Wednesday 25 January 2023 6pm-9pm

Disciplinary matters.
Wednesday 1 March 2023 6pm-9pm

Exam Preparation Workshop.
Wednesday 8 March 2033 6pm-9pm

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for the following:

Solicitors, barristers, and trainees working in sports law, or aspiring to do so;

Professionals with an interest in sports law;

Professionals working in national/international sports governing bodies;

Professionals currently working in the area of sports administration or coaching who wish to broaden the scope and depth of their sports law knowledge;

Athletes who wish to add to their skillset;

Individuals who volunteer/are committee members of a sports club.

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €300.

Application dates

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified professionals. Your application must be approved before you can formally register on the course. To apply please email the following documents to :

A completed application form

Your Curriculum Vitae

A short cover letter setting out your relevant experience

Please note, for non-members this course is subject to a supplemental fee of €300 bringing the total course fee to €2,900. No fees are required prior to approval.


Delivery Method
Live online lectures Wednesdays 6pm to 9.00pm, four interactive Workshops on Wednesday evenings. Lectures available to view on-demand.

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