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Tom Serby

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Business and Law
Economics, Finance and Law
Areas of Expertise:
Business law , Commercial law , Comparative law , Constitutional law , Consumer law , Contract law , Corporate law , Employment law , European law , Human rights , Intellectual property law , Jurisprudence , Law , Public international law , Tort law

Tom practised as a commercial lawyer in the City for 10 years before entering academia, his research specialism is sports law.

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Tom is a Solicitor Advocate (Higher Rights Civil) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is the link tutor to the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France, where he delivers teaching on their Sports Law Masters.

Spoken Languages
  • English
  • French
Research interests
  • Sports law
  • Law of obligations
  • Employment Law
Areas of research supervision
  • Sports Law
  • Law of obligations
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law 
  • Sports Law
  • Law in Global Context
  • Comparative Company Law
  • Senior Fellow HEA (2012)
  • Solicitor Advocate (2001)
  • Solicitor (1995)
  • BA and MA Cantab (1986)
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Advisory member editorial board international Sports Law Journal
Selected recent publications

Serby, T., 2018. 'The regulation and sanctioning of on-field corruption: whose law?', in 'Corruption in Sport'. Due to be published by Routledge in early 2018 under the editorship of Professor Lisa Kihl of the University of Minnesota as part of the Routledge Research in Sport and Corruption series.

Serby, T., 2017. 'Sports Corruption: Sporting Autonomy, Lex Sportiva and the Rule of Law'. Entertainment and Sports Law Journal 15(1), 2.

Serby, T., 2016. 'Financial Fair Play: UEFA Champions League - cartel or meritocracy?' World Sports Advocate 11:17.

Serby, T., 2016. 'The state of EU sports law: lessons from UEFA's 'Financial fair play' regulations'. International Sports Law Journal.

Serby, T., 2015. The Council of Europe Convention on Manipulation of Sports Competitions: the best bet for the global fight against match-fixing? The International Sports Law Journal, T.M.C. Asser Institute 2015, 1-2.

Serby, T., 2014. UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations: the devil is in the detail Global Sports Law and Taxation Reports, 2014(2), pp.6-12.

Serby, T., 2014. British football club insolvency: regulatory reform inevitable? International Sports Law Journal, T.M.C. Asser Institute 2014(1-2), pp.12-23.

Serby, T., 2013. The 21st Century Law Student: The Lecture Room or the Mobile Phone? In: Boyle, C. (Ed.). Student Learning: Improving Practice. Nova Science Publishers, Inc, pp.31-42.

Serby, T., 2013. ‘Follow the money: confiscation of unexplained wealth laws and sport’s fixing crisis’ International Sports Law Review Issue 1: 2-8.

Serby, T., 2012. ‘Gambling related match-fixing: a terminal threat to the integrity of sport?’ International Sports Law Journal 1-2: 7-12.

Serby, T., 2011. ‘Willing Suspension of Disbelief: A study in online learning through simulation, and its potential for deeper learning in higher education’ Liverpool Law Review 32:181-195.

Recent presentations and conferences
Sports law

'Financial Fair Play Regulations'  World Sports Law Reports Players-Contracts Wembley, London (2016). (Invited Speaker)

'The autonomy of sport' international sports law conference, ARU.  (2016)  (Organiser and speaker)

'The autonomy of sport and sporting integrity' EUSport Madrid (2016)

'Financial Fair Play Regs and EU competition law' SLSA Warwick (2015)

'Recent developments in match-fixing' SLSA York (2013)

'Match-fixing in Sport: current issues' SLSA Brighton (2012)

'It's just not cricket!' ARU Cambridge (2011)

Learning and teaching

LILAC, Warwick (2010)

Media experience

BBC interviews on BBC Radio Kent and BBC Three Counties January 2016 on match-fixing in tennis

The Times 15/09/16 article on the autonomy of sport

BBC interviews on BBC Three Counties , BBC Norfolk and BBC Kent on FIFA corruption scandal, 2015

BBC interviews on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Kent, BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Radio Essex, BBC Radio Northamptonshire and BBC Radio Three Counties on matchfixing in football, 2014

BBC interview on BBC Radio Essex October 2013 on match fixing in football