Dr Laura Donnellan, LLB, LLM, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Law (FG-005)

Laura Donnellan teaches European Union Law and Sport and the Law. She has published in the areas of drug testing and the rights of athletes, elder law, the regulation of football agents, TV rights in Irish football, EC competition law, horse racing, and animal welfare in the EU. Laura is the author of Sport and Law: A Concise Guide (Blackhall Publishing, 2010), the 2nd edition of Sport and the Law will be published by Clarus Press at the end of 2023. As well as several articles in international law journals. She is a Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animals Ethics and a Consulting Editor for The Journal of Animal Ethics (published by the University of Illinois). Laura is currently an external examiner for Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in Property Law, Succession Law, Equity and Trusts, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law and Procedure. She has co-written Sports Law in Ireland with her colleague Dr Susan Leahy (2nd ed. Kluwer, 2017). She is currently writing the 3rd edition.

Research Interests

Sport and the Law; EU Competition Law and IPR, Law and the Elder, Animal Welfare, Animals in Sport

Peer Reviewed Journals



Donnellan, L,Blackshaw I,Cornelius, S,Siekmann, R (2009) IRELAND. Players' Agents Worldwide: Legal Aspects :373-387



Donnellan, L,Siekmann, RCR,Parrish, R,Martins, RB,Soek, J (2007) IRELAND. Players' Agents Worldwide: Legal Aspects :295-308



Sports Law in Ireland

Donnellan L, (with Leahy S) (2017) Sports Law in Ireland . Netherlands : (2nd edn, Kluwer 2017)

Book Chapters


‘R v Countryside Alliance'

Donnellan L, (2013) ‘R v Countryside Alliance' . The Hague : (Asser Press 2013) Contribution to Landmark Cases and Decisions in Sports Law :337-352


‘TV Rights in Irish Football'

Donnellan L, (2009) ‘TV Rights in Irish Football' . The Netherlands : (TMC Asser Press 2009) TV Rights and Sport: Legal Aspects :373-388

Edited Books

This author has not written any publications of this type yet.

Other Journals


'Sports Governance in Ireland'

Donnellan, L (2010) 'Sports Governance in Ireland' . The Netherlands : Asser International Sports Law Centre International Sports Law Journal :109-113

Conference Publications

This author has not written any publications of this type yet.

Conference Contributions

Published Reports


This author has not written any publications of this type yet.

Book Reviews

Other Publications