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Sports Law conference success

Published: 11 October 2016 at 11:14

Anglia Ruskin students playing football outside

Experts inspired to wider discussion of civil justice

In September 2016 our Sports Law Unit, in conjunction with media partner Law in Sport, hosted a conference on ‘The Future of the 'legal autonomy' of sport’.  This theme is a concept long treasured by sports governing bodies, but is also now perceived by some to be a cloak for lack of democracy and fair process.

The conference drew an international crowd who heard, and engaged in debate on, some provocative papers from speakers including Professor Jack Anderson of Queens University, Belfast, (editor of the International Sports Law Journal); Antoine Duval of the Asser International Sports Law Unit in The Hague; Andrew Smith from Matrix Chambers; and of course ARU’s own Tom Serby and Leonardo Valladares.

One delegate, Professor Richard J Peltz-Steele of the University of Massachusetts, summed up his appreciation of the event and its wider themes in a blogpost: ‘The Death of Civil Justice’.