The Centre for Sports Law, Business and Governance is a research Centre housed in O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU). The Centre is focused on research and education in the field of sport. The activities of the Centre involve the following:
A) Research Opportunities
One of the main objectives behind the Centre for Sports law, Business and Governance at Jindal Global Law school is to conduct substantial research and facilitate academic engagement on issues related to Sports Governance and Business laws in a rapidly globalising world.
The Centre aims to encourage participation of young scholars with a fresh and unique prospective on Sports Law and Business Governance, through its Student Research Internship programme. This Internship brings together highly motivated students for a one month long intensive experience, where they not only participate in the ongoing research projects being supervised by faculty and associates of the centre, but are also supported in initiating and completing independent research tasks. The internship programme is designed to create a platform which allows for scholastic collaboration and discussions in a research inducive environment for the interns.
The first round of these internships (January 2021 to February 2021) resulted in numerous student led publications.
B) International Collaborations
The Centre for Sports Law, Business and Governance along with the Centre for India Australia Studies, in collaboration with the University of Queensland Law School, has hosted a joint course called ‘Sports Law and Governance – Indian and Australian Perspectives”.
As a part of this jointly taught course students from both the University of Queensland and from O.P. Jindal Global University were given the opportunity to participate in this course through the joint classes conducted by professors from both the institutes. Students also had the opportunity to learn beyond the confines of the classroom through targeted workshops, site visits to stadiums and sports organisations which were organised as a part of this course.
This course afforded students a unique opportunity to not only learn from experienced instructors from two world class institutions but also allowed them to interact with multiple athletes, lawyers and other practitioners in the sports ecosystem. Thereby the course aimed to not only introduce the young lawyers to sports law theory, but to also allow them a practical insight into the world of sports governance in a transnational environment.
The Centre is actively engaged in a number of projects focussed on comparative sports governance and anti-doping, in collaboration with international partners.
B) Lectures and Seminars
Guest Lecture by Dean Bastin, Sportradar, on “Corruption in Sport: Organised Crime and Match Fixing”
On 30 March 2021, Dean Bastian, Sportradar, delivered a lecture on “Corruption in Sport: Organised Crime and Match Fixing” as part of the Centre for Sports Law, Business and Governance Lecture Series. Mr Dean Bastin is the Global Manager, Intelligence and Investigation Services at Sportradar. In the lecture, he discussed how fraud and match manipulation take place in sport, and how it is detected and sanctioned.
Guest Lecture by Mr. Parth Goswami, Advocate, on “Anti-doping Law in Practice in India”
On 26 March 2021, Parth Goswami, delivered a lecture on “Anti-doping Law in Practice in India” as part of the Centre for Sports Law, Business and Governance Lecture Series. Parth Goswami is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and has vast experience representing athletes in anti-doping disputes. In the lecture, he has discussed the many different issues and challenges faced by Indian athletes in doping, including the number of athletes who are caught out without having intended to cheat. He discussed a number of recommended policy considerations to reform anti-doping within India.
On 23 March 2021, Marissa Sunio, delivered a lecture on “Drugs in Sport – Promoting Clean Sport” as part of the Centre for Sports Law, Business and Governance Lecture Series. Ms Marissa Sunio is Senior Manager, Legal Affairs at the World Anti-Doping Agency. During the lecture, she has discussed the different challenges that exist within the promotion of clean sport and explained how WADA is coordinating and monitoring the fight against drugs in sports at world-wideMarissa also explained a number of the key amendments under the 2021 WADA Code.
Guest Lecture by Nitin Mittal and Chiranjeev Kothari, Krida Legal, on “Gambling and Sports Betting”
On 19 March 2021, Nitin Mittal and Chiranjeev Kothari, from Krida Legal delivered a lecture on “Gambling and Sports Betting” as part of the Centre for Sports Law, Business and Governance Lecture Series. Our guest speakers discussed the how gambling and betting are regulated across different states in India, and explained scope for policy reform in this space.
Guest Lecture by Dr. Michele Verroken on “Integrity in Sports”
On 16 March 2021, Dr Michele Verroken delivered a lecture on “Integrity in Sport” as part of the Centre for Sports Law, Business and Governance Lecture Series. Dr Michele Verroken, is the founding director of Sporting Integrity and the former Director of Ethics and Anti-Doping at UK Sport.
Guest Lecture by Nirav Bakshi on “Introduction to Esports”
On 9 March 2021, Nirav Backshi, an Associate from Trilegal and a Jindal Global Law School alumni, delivered a lecture on “Introduction to Esports” as part of the Centre for Sports Law, Business and Governance Lecture Series.
Guest Lecture by Professor Simon Gardiner on “Racism in Sport”
On 5 March 2021, Professor Simon Gardiner delivered a lecture on “Racism in Sport” as part of the Centre for Sports Law, Business and Governance Lecture Series. Professor Gardiner examined the complex and topical issue of racism issues in sport and how the organizations are trying to tackle this significant challenge around the world.
Guest Lecture by Professor David McArdle on “Negligence and Concussion in Sport”
On 2 March 2021, Professor Dr David McArdle delivered a lecture on “Negligence and Concussion in Sport” as part of the Centre for Sports Law, Business and Governance Lecture Series. Professor David McArdle is the Head of School at the University of Stirling, Scotland. During the lecture, he discussed the issue of sport-related concussion and personal injury law in the United Kingdom, and explained how this area of policy has evolved over time.
Guest Lecture by Dr. Joshua Mcleod on “An Introduction to Governance in Sport”
On 19 February 2021, Dr Joshua Mcleod delivered a lecture on “An Introduction to Governance in Sport” as part of the Centre for Sports Law, Business and Governance Lecture Series. Dr Mcleod is Lecturer in Sport Management from Deakin Business School. During the lecture, he has discussed different governance issues that exist in sporting federations, and highlighted the importance of good governance in sport (and explained what this concept actually means in practice). He provided a number of examples of governance challenges in an Indian context.
Guest Lecture by Namrata Chatterjee, Legal Secretary of Indian Super League, on “Disciplinary Action and Regulation in Sports”
On 16 February 2021, Namrata Chatterjee delivered a lecture on “Disciplinary Action and Regulation in Sports” as part of the Centre for Sports Law, Business and Governance Lecture Series. Namrata Chatterjee is Legal Secretary of Indian Super League. During the lecture she has discussed how Disciplinary Rules and Procedures are an important part of ensuring justice in disciplinary proceedings and to provide a framework within which decisions relating to the sporting body can be made in a fair, consistent, independent and expeditious manner and in accordance with the requirements of the game.
Guest Lecture by Dev Kumar Parmar and Pablo Mettroz Holley, Parmars Sports, on “Introduction to International Sports Law and Regulatory Systems in Sport”
On 12 February 2021, Dev Kumar Parmar and Pablo Mettroz Holley delivered a lecture as part of the Centre for Sports Law, Business and Governance Lecture Series. Dev Kumar Parmar, the principal director at Parmar Sports, and Pablo Mettroz Holley, also from Parmar Sports, delivered a lecture on “Introduction to International Sports Law”. They discussed how modern Sports Law has developed, from the concept of Lex Sportiva or Lex Ludica. It was an interactive session where they shared their views about any modern-day international sports organizations and the structure of sports federations.
Keynote by Simon Taufel, Former Member ICC Elite Umpire Panel on “Integrity in Sports – Lessons from International Cricket”
On 1 April 2019, Simon Taufel, Former Member ICC Elite Umpire Panel and ICC Umpires Performance and Training Manager, presented a keynote on “Integrity in Sports – Lessons from International Cricket” at O.P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat. The lecture was well attended by faculty and students who had a keen interest in sport. Simon shared numerous experiences from his career as an International umpire, with the consistent message that integrity, leadership and values are an important part of life, not just on the sporting field.
Public Lecture by Melanie Jones, Former Australian Cricketer on “Women in Sports”
On 3 April 2018, Melanie Jones, former Australian cricketer and commentator for the Indian Premier League delivered a distinguished public lecture on “Women in Sports”. Melanie shared her experiences as cricketer in Australia and her perspectives on female participation in sport in a global context. Students and academics had the opportunity to discuss with her the challenges and opportunities for growth of female participation in sport in India, using Australian examples as a case study.
Launch of MOU with Delhi Daredevils in the field of Sports Law and Governance
On 3 April 2018, Delhi Daredevils (now known as the Delhi Capitals) signed an MoU with O.P. Jindal Global University at the Feroz Shah Kotla, to to extend support to OP Jindal Global University’s Sports Law and Governance Programme.
Public Discussion with Cricketing Greats: A Conversion with Bishan Singh Bedi and Michael Kasprowicz
On 27 September 2017, two cricketing greats addressed students and faculty at O.P. Jindal Global University. With over 2,000 First Class wickets between the pair, Mr. Bishan Singh Bedi, Former Indian Test cricket captain, and Mr. Michael Kasprowicz, Former Australian Test cricketer, shared stories from their cricketing careers.
The pair shared inspirational stories about the life lessons that they learnt during their respective careers and how these lessons can be applied in every day life. Mr. Bedi spoke about the importance of integrity in sport. He spoke about cricketing legend, Sir Donal Bradman, and how he extolled the virtues of acting with integrity on and off the field. Modern day cricketers and athletes, can learn a lot from the cricketers of old.
Mr. Kasprowicz spoke about his love of India and the strong connection he has developed with the country over the past 19 years. He spent a week at the JGU campus in connection with a course on Sports Law and Governance organised by the CIAS, a course which saw JGU students and students from the University of Queensland (UQ) learn about sports law and governance across both jurisdictions. Mr. Kasprowicz mentioned that he thoroughly enjoyed his time on campus and spoke of the importance of such collaborations between India and Australia.
The following morning, students and faculty from JGU and UQ competed in a cricket match on the JGU campus led by Vice Chancellor, Professor C. Raj Kumar and Michael Kasprowicz. While Team India narrowly won this fixture, a great time was had by all.
A number of student interns of the Centre have published their works on sports law and governance, including:
Our Centre director has also recently published a number of works in the field of sports law and governance, including:
Prof. Shaun Star
Prof. Shaun Star is an Associate Professor & Associate Dean and Executive Director, Centre for India-Australia Studies at Jindal Global Law School and Executive Director, Centre for India-Australia Studies at O.P. Jindal Global University.
Prof. Shaun has a keen interest and expertise in the field of Sports Law, Governance and Policy Making and has successfully advised a number of clients, including national sporting federations, such as the Afghanistan Cricket Board. At Jindal Global Law School, he teaches Sports Law and Governance and Tort Law. Previously, he has worked as Senior Operations Manager at the Indian Premier League (IMG) and in a boutique sports law firm in Bangalore.
Prof. Shaun is passionate about promoting the Australia-India relationship which is why he is also the co-founder and Chair of the Australia India Youth Dialogue, a forum which hosts young politicians, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and diplomats and encourages collaboration between young leaders of both of our nations.
She is working in the International Sports Law industry since 2018 and has been acting as an International Sports Dispute advisory to her clients, mostly from the football law world. She joined Tannuri Ribeiro Advogados – an International Sports Law firm, specializing in football disputes (transactional and disciplinary). Her work was dedicated to only International Football Law disputes and she litigated and drafted many cases in front of the FIFA legal bodies and the Court of Arbitration for Sports while advised in the draft of football transfer and commercial contracts for various top tier football clubs around the world.
Simran graduated with a B.A LLB (Hons) degree from O.P Jindal Global University in 2018, before being offered the Alex Chernov Scholarship to complete her LLM at the university of Melbourne. Her areas of interest include Heath technology laws, Sports law and contemporary political thought. She is also interested in studying the interaction between religious and legal institutions.
Recently he has completed IOC Young Leader, 6-Week short course from International Olympic Committee.
Other than he has diploma and certificate courses from International Olympic Association, FIFA, UEFA, and from Open University, UK collaborated with English Football League.
He is also a sports enthusiast and has played football for the Sports Authority of India, eastern region. Also, back in Undergraduate time, he used to be an active football player, who use to play Centre Back and was vice-captain for the Law School team, and bagged many trophies and medal.
Also, back in the UK, he has worked as a sports mentor volunteer at Nottingham Trent University Partner with Laureus Foundation and UK Media and Sports Government.
He also has an edited book volume on Sports Law named “Sports Law and Policy in Present Global Scenario”, which has been launched by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry; and has also contributed many chapters in many books, and written articles on Sports Law.
He is also the founder of a sports e-journal known as Global Sports Policy Review, which is pre reviewed overall sports journal, consist of different lawyers, Olympians and professional and sports enthusiast from different part of the world as the reputed honorary board of advisors and editors. He is a big fan of Sergio Ramos and the Germany National Team.
Other than that, he has also completed an internship with many reputed organisations like the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, “Centre of WTO Studies”, Indian Oil, Airport Authority of India, etc.
Recently, he has joined Jindal Global Law School at OP Jindal Global University, as Asst Lecturer, where teaches Sports Law with Prof Shaun Joseph Star. He has also worked as visiting faculty at Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad, where he was been also appointed as Faculty in Charge for Centre for Sports Law and Policy, for some time.
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