By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw
The second edition of this Book has just been published.
It is edited by Professors James Nafziger of Willamette University College of Law, USA, and Ryan Gauthier of Thompson Rivers University, Canada.
The publisher is Edward Elgar Publishing of the UK and the USA, and the Book is one in their series of research handbooks in international law.
The ISBN numbers are 978 1 83910 860 0 (hard back) and 978 1 83910 861 7 (e-Book).
The Book comprises 720 pages and the hard back costs £250 and the e-Book version £48.
This new edition provides a comprehensive overview of international sports law by leading academics and practitioners in this ever-developing field of law.
Also new topics are included, such as concussions; EU antitrust and other regulatory aspects; arbitration and mediation of sports-related disputes by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which has been operating since June 1984 and developing a so-called ‘lex sportiva’; college and university athletics; league and team restrictions on athlete movements; taxation of athletes; and sports as a cultural heritage.
Although to some extent biased, as a contributor on CAS mediations, this Book is a veritable source of vital information for sports lawyers, administrators, marketing companies, broadcasters and others with a professional interest in the subject, as well as an essential up-to-date tool and authoritative source of reference.
As the Editors remark in their Preface:
“Sport is a unique industry and cultural touchstone.”
“The Olympic Charter states that the goal of ‘Olympism’ is to ‘place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity’. While we can and indeed should question whether global sports activity has fully lived up to that lofty goal, it is certainly attainable not only as a result of competition among athletes, but also as an expectation for the rule of law that supports it.”