Module Overview

Introduction to Sports Law

This module aims to introduce students to fundamental legal principles, and to how these principles relate to sport. This module will also examine how sporting participants, practitioners and administrators may be impacted by these legal principles. This module will explore legislation, case law, and common law principles, and examine how these principles can be applied to real world scenarios. This module will explore topics such as the Irish legal system, sources of law, sports and the law, sports and tort law, and sports governance. As law is an ongoing and dynamic subject the syllabus content will be expanded or modified, as the case may be, to reflect developments in the law set out in this Module.

Module Code

SPLW H1000

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change


Introduction to lawGovernance in sportSport and tort lawSport and criminal lawSport and legal vetting requirements

Introduction to sports law/sport and the law

o Sources of Lawo Sources of Sports Lawo Classification of Law: Civil Law and Criminal Lawo The Irish Legal System

Governance in Sport

o Governing and Regulating Bodies in Sportso The Courts and Sporting Disputes

Sports and Tort Law

o Tort Law and Negligenceo Negligence and Sporting Participantso Negligence and Referees o Negligence and Organisers (Occupier’s Liability)o Negligence and Spectators

Sports and Criminal Law

o Criminal Law in Ireland (ie: The Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997)o Criminal Liability of Sporting Participants, Spectators, and Organisers

Sports and Legal Vetting Requirements

Protection of Children and Vulnerable Persons

Methods used to achieve the module learning outcomes will include lectures, tutorials, interpretation of data, case studies, problem-solving exercises, video presentations, self-directed learning and computer-based learning

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination70
Other Assessment(s)30