Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws,
this practical analysis of sports law in South Africa deals with the
regulation of sports activity by both public authorities and private sports
organizations. The growing internationalization of sports inevitably increases
the weight of global regulation, yet each country maintains its own distinct
regime of sports law and its own national and local sports organizations.
Sports law at a national or organizational level thus gains a growing
relevance in comparative law.
The book describes and discusses both state-created rules and autonomous self
regulation regarding the variety of economic, social, commercial, cultural,
and political aspects of sports activities. Self- regulation manifests itself
in the form of by-laws, and encompasses organizational provisions,
disciplinary rules, and rules of play. However, the trend towards more
professionalism in sports and the growing economic, social and cultural
relevance of sports have prompted an increasing reliance on legal rules
adopted by public authorities. This form of regulation appears in a variety of
legal areas, including criminal law, labour law, commercial law, tax law,
competition law, and tort law, and may vary following a particular type or
sector of sport. It is in this dual and overlapping context that such
much-publicized aspects as doping, sponsoring and media, and responsibility
for injuries are legally measured.
This monograph fills a gap in the legal literature by giving academics,
practitioners, sports organizations, and policymakers access to sports law at
this specific level. Lawyers representing parties with interests in South
Africa will welcome this very useful guide, and academics and researchers
will appreciate its value in the study of comparative sports law.
Also check out Sports Law online.
For more information on the International Encyclopaedia of Laws,
List of Abbreviations
Part I. Organization of Sports
Chapter 1. Public Regulation of Sport
Chapter 2. Private Governance of Sport
Part II. Sport and Employment
Part III. Liability for Sports (and Sports-Related) Injuries
Chapter 1. Criminal Law
Chapter 2. Delictual Liability (Liability in Tort) for Sports Injuries
Part IV. Sport and Competition Law
Part V. Sport and Commerce