Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
Spring 2025
12 Weeks
University Certificate of Study
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Faculty: School of Law
Course Type: Professional/Flexible, Online
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr. Laura Donnellan,
Address: School of Law,
University of Limerick,
Email: Telephone: + 353-61- 233247

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Brief Description

Next intake: Spring 2025

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Module Description Module Code NFQ Level ECTS Credits Start Date Cost

Contemporary Issues in Sports Law

LA6272 9 9 Spring 2025


The aim of Sports Law: Ireland and Beyond is to provide students with an understanding of legal aspects that relate to sport-an area that is attracting increasing interest and controversy at both national and international level. The module seeks to introduce students to the key areas of law that apply to sport including contract law, civil law, criminal law, employment law, administrative law, gender and sport, doping, the impact of European Union Law on sport and commercial law (media rights, the regulation of sports’ agents, branding, sponsorship). It will also examine alternative dispute resolution and child protection and safeguarding.


Learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Appraise the effectiveness of the law in the regulation sports and sporting bodies
  • Identify the key elements of criminal, tort, employment, and constitutional and contract law and their application to sport.
  • Critique the application of legal principles in a sporting context from their application in other settings in respect of contemporary issues in sports law such as doping and on-field violence.
  • Evaluate the enforcement mechanisms of public and private law that apply to sports activities and enterprises
  • Appreciate the complex interrelationship between sport and the law.
  • Recognise the conflicts which may occur between the intervention of the law (courts, legislation) and the autonomy of the sports' governing body



The module will be assessed by continuous assessment including a midterm and in-term and end of term essays.

This course is aimed at those working in the area in sports’ governing bodies and clubs or anyone with an interest in sports law. Each candidate is considered on an individual basis whose academic qualifications, work experience, motivation and overall potential for the programme are evaluated.

CPD Credit A solicitor practising on a full-time basis and undertaking this course, can claim a maximum of 10 hours eLearning


Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.


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