Forum on International Sports Law

Forum on International Sports Law

The Forum on International Sports Law is a cooperative effort of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg and the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich. The aim of the Forum is regularly to consider current questions arising in the field of international sports law and to generate a discussion on these topics with representatives drawn from sports, business and academia. The symposia are oriented towards jurists working in either practice or academia who are interested in sports law issues.

The steadily increasing economisation of sports endangers its autonomy. At the same time, this process is resulting in an increasing volume of legal regulation directly impacting the sporting world. In particular, commercial sports as well as the individuals responsible for the organisation and marketing of sporting events are subject to the generally applicable law, ranging from constitutional provisions to specific statutes regulating business transactions and the market economy.

Sports law is thus an important, topical and exciting field. Its particular attraction stems not least from the fact that the resulting questions interweave with virtually every legal discipline. This includes association law, labour law, tort law, company law, business law, constitutional law, administrative law and criminal law. In this regard, international perspectives assume an ever-increasing importance, through European Union law for example. As a result, we are faced with an increasingly complex body of case law and scholarly literature at the national as well as international level – and increasing information deficits for the various actors involved.

The impetus for establishing the Forum on International Sports Law came from Professor Dr. Ingo von Münch, former Deputy Mayor of Hamburg. At the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, the project is led by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Zimmermann; at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Becker.

Upcoming Event:

Nov 22, 2021, 17:00
Topic: Sports associations and human rights – the role of Corporate Social Responsibility and athlete organizations Sport, it is said, connects people across all borders. On the basis of this principle, sports associations traditionally avoid involvement with political issues. Nonetheless, it is recurrently the case that they are compelled to take a position. The anti-racist strikes in US sports leagues in connection with the "Black Lives Matter" demonstrations are just one of many examples in which issues such as racism and human rights emerge on the agenda of sports associations. more
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