Reminiscing the professional training on Sports Law
Laws reflect the ever-changing needs of our society. With the passage of time and advent of technology, new issues and challenges pertaining to the legal arena are cropping up every now and then. Sport, an activity for recreation and rejuvenating life, is not merely so in the 21st century since an industry surrounding it has grown and flourished globally.
As such, the need for regulating mechanisms has also been felt by policymakers to contain illegal and unethical practices in this domain recently.
Sports law is not an isolated branch of law, rather it is a multi-dimensional law sourced from national and international regulations with elements from constitutional law, contract law, intellectual property law, competition law, insurance law inter alia.
The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), the pioneer institution of legal education in India, hosted the Professional Certificate Course on Sports Law from February 9-11, 2018 at its International Training Centre.
Lawyers and students with career aspirations in sports law, sports industry professionals, representatives of governing bodies as well as interested academics from different regions of India and neighbouring countries attended this training program.
The distinguished speakers at the inauguration ceremony stressed upon the fact that law schools should be at the forefront of innovation and invention. Furthermore, they pointed out the fact that law now is getting into more specialized branches.
The legal arena created ample scope for lawyers to practice. Hence, the speakers opined that such initiatives would provide a head-start to legal practitioners in a booming arena like sports law.
The training sessions started following the opening ceremony. Sessions on 'Introduction to Sports Law: Issues & Challenges', 'Criminal Law and Sports' and 'Sports Insurance and the Law' were on the first day.
The second day had two sessions dedicated to 'Contract Law & Its Application in Sports Domain' -- a session on 'Sports Associations & Law Relating to Societies' and an insightful session on 'Tax Implication in Sports'.
'Interface of Sports & Intellectual Property Law' was the first session of the last day there. The other sessions of the day were on 'Sports Persons -- Advertisements, Endorsement and Marketing', 'Anti-Doping Rules framework', 'Dispute Resolution in Sports' and 'Sports Ethics & Law'.
Throughout the training, the facilitators spoke on the topics meticulously, citing provisions from the Constitution and the relevant legislations as well as cases from Indian, Canadian, Australian, British and American jurisdictions.
The sessions on criminal law and intellectual property rights redefined the perception of the participants and enabled them to think differently on how to apply the laws in sports settings. Additionally, the participants got to know about new problems pertaining to law and sports from the sessions on marketing and advertisement, taxation, and anti-doping.
The interactive nature of the sessions helped everyone, irrespective of their backgrounds to understand the intersection of sports with law. The participants were also asked to discuss real-life disputes and give practical solutions to those. They learnt on sports dispute resolutions and the proper forums to go to for seeking redress once any problem arose on law and sports. A valedictory ceremony took place on the last day where certificates were handed over to all the participants for successful completion of the training programme.
The Professional Certificate Course on Sports Law is the first of any such initiative in South Asia on sports law. As a representative of University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in this prestigious training programme, I had the chance to delve into the magnificent world of sports law and the various laws intricately connected and applicable to sports domain.
The training has enabled me to tackle problems on sports law on a very practical level. As sports law jurisprudence develops gradually in Bangladesh, the takeaways from this training will undoubtedly help me in my legal career in near future.
The writer is a third year law student at University of Dhaka and one of the participants at the Professional Certificate Course on Sports Law held at NLSIU, Bangalore