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New Book 'Sport and the Law' Launched by Paul O'Connell at the University of Limerick

Sport and Law

Pictured are Laura Donnellan and Rugby Player Paul O'Connell at the launch of 'Sport and Law'

'Sport and the Law' a new book by UL law academic Laura Donnellan has been launched today at UL providing a much needed introduction to the law relating to sport.

 The book identifies the main legal concepts in a clear, concise and user-friendly manner, covering relevant topics including: criminal liability and on field violence, the legality of fighting sports including boxing, the tortious liability of participants, referees and coaches.  The book also deals with the issue of drugs in sport with a focus on the doping policy of the Irish Sports Council and examines the recently controversial issue of gender testing and the rights of transgender athletes.

 The role of contract law in sport, the doctrine of restraint of trade, the regulation of football agents and broadcasting rights are some of the many areas covered in 'Sport and the Law'.  The final chapter examines animals in sport from a historical viewpoint to the modern involvement of animals in sport including a discussion of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act, 2010 which banned stag hunting in Ireland.

Speaking from the launch author Laura Donnellan said 'there was a real gap in available literature on sport and the law in Ireland for a book giving practical examples of the myriad of ways in which the law comes into sport."

"Traditionally, the law was reluctant to intervene in sporting matters, however, in recent times, sports organisations have found it increasingly difficult to evade the watchful eye of the law. Given the increased commercialisation of sport the stakes are often higher for sports bodies and persons. Society as a whole has become more litigious and sport, as an important social activity, has been unable to remain immune from such developments. In short, sports persons are demanding higher standards of justice. As a result of these sporting cases, a cohesive body of law has developed, namely Sport and the Law," said Ms Donnellan.

Sport and the Law is intended for use by sports governing bodies, sports persons, coaches, referees, lawyers, and those studying sports or law related courses. It is also a useful source for those who have an interest in the interaction between sport and the law.

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