Sports Law Project is mainly focusing on the question how much the law intervenes into the rules of sports sector and when on the other hand it respects sport sector’s autonomy in the light of its specifics. Sports sector is seeking to achieve competitive balance by various tools, for example transfer policy, strict disciplinary sanctions in doping or by potential discrimination based on nationality in nominations for sports events etc. These tools are frequently contested.
Sports sector creates very detailed rules (for example World Anti-Doping Code) and study of parallel systems of sports organizations rules and general law is an inspiration not only for sports world but also for other fields (namely issue of horizontal protection of human rights or economic freedoms).
Since the Czech republic is member of EU, study is also dedicated to the legality of sporting rules in the light of free movement of persons and competition law.
Nevertheless not every dispute has European element. Thus the project focuses on progressive case law of Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which was established by Olympic movement in Lausanne as Highest Court of Sport.
Current issue is also an appropriate strategy for dispute resolution in sport, whether in front of sports associations’ organs or in independent court and what are the criteria. This includes forum shopping and submitting the same claims at both, sports sector arbitration organs and courts at the same time.
The aim is to publish information which could be the guide for Czech legal environment of sports and this achievement can be done also thanks to the support of Czech Science Foundation (Grantová agentura České republiky), project no. 408/10/P539 (European Sports Law and its Role in Regulation of Sport in Czech Republic) and thanks to below listed projects for European Commission.
Research Fellow for Sports Law: JUDr. Pavel Hamerník, Ph.D.
Hamerník P., Sportovní právo: hledání rovnováhy mezi specifickou sportovní úpravou a platným právem, E-book, Ústav státu a práva AV ČR, 2013. Hamerník P., Jaká je míra tolerance práva EU vůči sportovním asociacím? Právník. Roč. 150, č. 5 (2011), s. 482-498. ISSN 0231-6625.
Hamerník P., Jaký vliv má úprava mezinárodních sportovních asociací na vnitrostátní sport? Právník. Roč. 150, č. 12 (2011), s. 1239-1251. ISSN 0231-6625.
Hamerník P. Variations of European Sports Law in Football Practice. International Sports Law Journal, 3-4 (2011), s. 167-171. ISSN 1567-7559.
Hamerník P., Je rozhodčí soud pro sport skutečně "Nejvyšším sportovním soudem"? Právník č. 11/2012. Hamerník P., On the Specifics of Doping Regulation in Sport. The Lawyer Quarterly č. 1/2013. Hamerník P., 50 years passed from premature death of Ing. Bohumil Modrý, victim of unlawful process against Czechoslovakian ice-hockey team, The Lawyer Quarterly č. 4/2013. Hamerník P., The Non-State Adjudication of Disputes by the Court of Arbitration for Sport as an Inspiring Alternative of for Effective Dispute Resolution, Czech Yearbook of International Law, Volume V, 2014, Juris Publishing, Inc. Hamerník P, Horizontalita lidských práv ve sportu, Magister Officiorum 4/2013, ročník III.
Kolektiv autorů, Otázky sportovního práva. Praha: Ústav státu a práva AV ČR, v.v.i, 2008. 129 s. - (Ediční řada Ústavu státu a práva AV ČR). ISBN 978-80-904024-1-6.
The 1st Sports Law Workshop at Institute of State and Law of Czech Academy of Sciences, 14-15th March 2008 and the 2nd Sports Law Workshop, also at the Institute of State and Law, November 7th 2011. Workshop on Sports Associations in the light of New Civil Code/Issues on doping regulation, Co-organized by Czech Association of Sports Law (CASL), Institute of State and Law of Czech Academy of Sciences, Faculty of Law of Charles University, Prague, 28.3. 2014.
Participation in projects for European Commission
The Study on sports organisers’ rights carried out for the European Commission, DG Education and Culture by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut (Asser International Sports Law Centre) and the Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam,
Final report available at http://ec.europa.eu/sport/news/2014/study-on-sport-organisers-rights_en.htm.
Study on risk assessment and management & prevention of conflicts of interest in the fight against betting-related match-fixing in EU 28 (EAC/16/2013), carried out by T.M.C ASSER Instituut.
Final report available at http://ec.europa.eu/sport/news/2014/betting-related-match-fixing_en.htm
“Mapping of the labour status of sportspeople under EU law”, conducted by ASSER International Sports Law for The European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion). Report to be published.