Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores the intersection of sport and law. It examines the place of sport in Australian society and how different bodies of law govern community- and elite-level sporting activities at local, national and international levels. The recent emergence of sports law allows us to assess and understand how existing legal fields such as contract, tort and employment law apply in sport, while also considering sport-specific fields such as anti-doping, sport tribunals and competition structure and governance. Recent controversies such as the Essendon supplement saga and concussion in sport will be utilised as case studies.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFrancine Rochford

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Sports Law

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorDavid Thorpe Antonio Buti Chris Davies and Paul Jonson



PublisherOxford Univeristy press latest edition


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify and discuss the common law and legislation impacting on participation in and management of sports .
02. Apply principles of sports law to the facts of problems.
03. Design appropriate strategies to limit potential contravention of law relating to sport, including liability for injury.
04. Analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of various sports law regimes and regulatory practices

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2020, LTU Term 6, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFrancine Rochford

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 45 - 0
Ten 1.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 45 to week 0 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

3 Quizzes - 5 marks each (700 word equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo15 SILO1

Law reform submission assessment (1500 words). These forum posts scaffold the two major pieces of assessment.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Research essay (2000 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4