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We are pleased to announce that registration for our 13th annual conference, organised by Edge Hill university on 3-4 July 2018 is now open. The local organisers have secured very attractive and affordable prices. The registration fee this year is just £60 (£30 for full time students!). The registration fee includes participation in the two days of the conference, lunch both days, coffee breaks and dinner on day one will also be included. This is an unbeatable price which we hope will attract many delegates to listen to what promises to be an excellent academic and social programme. We have already confirmed two excellent speakers who will join us in Edge Hill for our plenary sessions: Professor Jean-Loup Chappelet and Dr Ben Van Rompuy, the legal mastermind behind the ISU case. If you want to listen to Professor Chappelet’s vision for sports governance and to Ben Van Rompuy explaining the successful challenge to the ISU selection rules, register to attend the conference as soon as possible.

Registration and payment can be done online using this link.

In order to facilitate attendance, you can also use the registration link to book on-campus accommodation for the duration of the conference. We offer a very competitive rate with bed and breakfast starting just at £36.50. The full package of registration and 3 nights accommodation comes to a total of £169.5 (£139.5 for full time students). Delegates, should they so wish, will also have free access to the annual Sport&EU Sports Law and Policy Summer School which will be held on July 5th2018, the day after the conference. Registration for the summer school can also be done via the conference registration page.

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ChappeletThe Association for the Study of the Sport and the European Union is glad to announce the confirmation of two speakers for the 2018 annual conference, to be hosted by Edge Hill University on 3-4 July 2018. We will have the honor and pleasure to receive two academics of the highest calibre in the study of sport: Professor Jean-Loup Chappelet and Dr Ben Van Rompuy. Jean-Loup Chappelet is a full professor of public management at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) of the University of Lausanne. He was IDHEAP Dean from 2003 to 2011. He previously held management positions at the International Olympic Committee and in one of the big-four international accounting-firm. In 1995, at IDHEAP, he launched the first sport management course in Switzerland which is still held every autumn. For 12 years (1999-2011) he was the director of the MEMOS programme, a master programme run by 11 universities for Olympic Solidarity. During the conference, Jean-Loup Chappelet will we awarded a honorary membership of Sport&EU in recognition for his contribution to the study of sports governance in Europe.

Ben Van Rompuy.

Ben Van Rompuy.

Ben Van Rompuy is Assistant Professor of Competition Law at the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School. He is also a Visiting Professor of competition policy and media regulation at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and associate senior researcher at iMinds-SMIT (Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication) and the Institute for European Studies of the VUB. His main research interests lie in the fields of European and comparative competition law and EU internal market law. His current work focuses on the treatment of justifications within and across different fields of European economic law (antitrust, mergers, State aid, free movement) and on public interest interventions of EU Member States within the context of merger control. Ben Van Rompuy was the legal counsel of the Dutch skaters Mark Tuitert and Niels Kerstholt, who recently won their anti-trust case against the International Skating Union. Ben will discuss the ISU case in the conference and give his opinion on the application of competition policy to sport.

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edgehillSport&EU and the Centre for Sports Law Research at Edge Hill University are delighted to announce ‘open’ the Call for Papers for our 13th Annual conference to be held at Edge Hill’s award winning campus near Liverpool, UK.

With registration fees subsidised thanks to the generous support of the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme and with affordable on-campus accommodation on offer, the organisers aim to make this the most accessible event in our history. To add to the occasion, the conference will be held during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Delegates, should they so wish, will also have free access to the annual EU Sports Law and Policy Summer School which will be held on July 5th2018, the day after the conference.

Those interested in presenting a paper should submit their title and abstract of no more than 250 words. Please remember to include your name, affiliation and contact details.

Those interested in organising a panel should submit their proposal of no more than 750 words. Please include the names of three speakers and a chair. Please include a rationale for the panel and short abstracts including full details of the speakers (names and affiliations).

We are also encouraging attendees to display posters throughout the duration of the conference. Poster proposals should also be sent to the organisers, including a 250 words abstract, plus the name, affiliation and contact details of the author(s).

The organisers are not prescriptive as to themes but as a guide, the following topics would be of interest:

  • Women’s sport
  • Sport and equality
  • eSports
  • Sports Diplomacy – Europe and the world
  • Agent regulation
  • Sports injuries and the law
  • Digital Single Market and Sport
  • The specificity and autonomy of sport
  • The integrity of sport
  • Doping in sport
  • Protection of minors
  • Safeguarding in sport
  • Stakeholder representation in sport
  • Sport and the environment
  • Sport and health
  • Brexit and sport
  • European sport and the world (for example sport in China).

Papers that seek to advance our pedagogical and theoretical understanding of sports law and policy will be looked upon favourably. As always, Sport&EU encourages postgraduate students and those working outside of academia to submit paper and panel proposals. In making our final selection, we will seek to ensure a good gender balance amongst those attending and presenting and a good mix of academics and practitioners. Following a long standing Sport&EU tradition, we encourage female academics, PhD students and practitioners to submit proposals and to participate in the conference. 

Paper and panel proposals should be sent to Adam Pendlebury (pendleba@edgehill.ac.uk) by February 15th 2018.

Conference fees, including refreshments, lunches and conference dinner are just £60 (£30 for full-time students) and accommodation will start at only £37 per night.

Our online conference registration facility will be open shortly.

 We look forward to seeing you next July at Edge Hill!

 

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The Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union is extremely happy to announce that our flagship event, the annual conference, will be back to the United Kingdom, the birthplace of Sport&EU in 2018. Our 13th annual conference will be organised by the Centre for Sports Law Research at Edge Hill University, near Liverpool, on 3-4 July 2018. Please put the dates in your diary, as we plan to organise the largest Sport&EU conference to date, in order to re-launch the activities of the association in view of the new EU sport policy work plan (2018-2020) and the challenges of Brexit.

Professor Richard Parrish, Director of the Centre for Sports Law Research and Sport&EU honorary chair, commented on being selected to host the 2018 conference: “We are extremely honoured to host the Sport&EU conference back in the United Kingdom, where it all started. It will be an excellent time to discuss EU sport policy and law, just two years after the Brexit referendum and one year from the cut-off date of the Article 50 negotiations. We have proposed Sport&EU a very ambitious bid, we want this 2018 conference to be the largest in the association’s history. Edge Hill University boasts an awarding winning campus with world class teaching and sports facilities, including accommodation, and we are working in putting together a very attractive and affordable package to entice delegates from around Europe and the rest of the world to come to the Liverpool region”.

The local organising committee of our 2018 conference is already working on the programme and format of the conference. A new addition for 2018 will be the opportunity to attend the Summer School on EU Sport Law and Policy, which will be scheduled  in combination with the conference.

A call for papers, posters and contributions will be out in the autumn, so keep an eye on the association’s mailing list. If you are not a member, join us to keep informed.

We would encourage Sport&EU members to already put the dates already in their diary. We really look forward to seeing many of you at Edge Hill University in 2018.

 

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