The mission of the Research Group for Sports Law is to pursue and encourage innovative scholarship in the field of sports law. We aim to lead on and contribute to public and academic debate, and influence the thinking of key stakeholders in the field of sports law and sports regulation. In doing so we will build and strengthen a vibrant and supportive research culture in which experienced and new researchers alike are able to develop and test their ideas.
Nottingham Law School has a long history of engagement with the field, having offered an LLM in Sports Law since 2003 as well as an undergraduate final year optional module. The School has also offered – and continues to offer – supervision for postgraduate research student in the fields of sports law and sports regulation.
We seek to engage in research activities highly relevant to the practice of sports law and sports regulation; with members of the Research Group disseminating their work through the publication of high-quality articles and books, and through presentation of our findings at relevant academic and industry conferences.
Members of the Research Group are keen to continue to recruit high-quality students to research degrees in the field of sports law; and to develop strategic collaborative research relationships with other institutions and organisations.
In addition to research activities the Research Group’s members deploy their expertise in the development and delivery of the LLM Sports Law programme, as well as on the Sports Law module offered as a final year optional subject on Nottingham Law School's LLB Law programme.
We are keen to develop and maintain links with key stakeholder organisations, both in academia and in the sports industry and we seek to cultivate and sustain strong relationships with leading professionals in the field of sports law and sports regulation.
News and events
Sporting Justice Conference
On 28 March 2014 Nottingham Law School hosted a one-day conference around the theme of Sporting Justice. The conference, run under the auspices of the Centre for Conflict Rights and Justice, was free to attend and explored a range of sporting themes, in the context of the of values encompassed in the notion of 'justice', including, but not limited to – equality, fairness, integrity and ethics.
Sport & EU Conference
On 30 June and 1 July 2011 Nottingham Trent University hosted – through collaboration between the Law School and School of Education – the sixth annual conference of the Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union (Sport & EU), titled Reflections on Lisbon – past, present and future. The keynote speaker was The Guardian's David Conn, who took on contemporary issues relating to the state of football governance in the UK and Europe.
Nottingham Law Journal
Nottingham Law School publishes the Nottingham Law Journal. The journal was founded in 1977 (as the Trent Law Journal), changing to its current title in 1992. It is peer-reviewed and normally published annually.
Boyes, S 'Protecting Athletes' Image Rights in the United Kingdom'  International Sports Law Journal
Boyes, S 'Legitimate Limits of the Application of the Criminal Law in Sport'. Paper presented at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Warwick, April 2015.
Boyes, S 'The Proportionality Principle in Judicial Scrutiny of Sports Governing Bodies: A Critical Appraisal'. Paper presented at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Warwick, April 2015.
Boyes, S 'Sport in Court: Legal Scrutiny of Sports Governing Bodies in English Law'. Paper presented at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Law School, Research Seminar Series, November 2014.
Boyes, S 'Sports Law: Its History and Growth and Development of Key Sources'  21(3) Sport and the Law Journal.
Boyes, S 'Eastham v Newcastle United' in J. Anderson (eds) Landmark Cases and Decisions in Sports Law (2013) TMC Asser Press: The Hague.
Boyes, S 'Sports Law: Its History and Growth and Development of Key Sources'  12(2) Legal Information Management 86
Boyes, S 'Regulating Sport in the European Union after the Lisbon Treaty'. Paper presented at British Association for Sport and Law Mini-Conference, De Montfort University, November 2011.
Boyes, S 'Law and the Olympics: A study of the interrelationship between law and the Olympic movement'. Paper presented at Inspire Learning Legacies – London 2012, Nottingham Trent University, June 2011.
Boyes, S (with Daniel Geey, Field Fisher Waterhouse) 'Socio Cultural Protection v Economic Interests in Sports Broadcasting: Legal and Regulatory Aspects'. Paper presented at Association for the Study of Sport and the EU Annual Conference, University of Ghent, July 2010.
Boyes, S 'The Olympic Charter and the need for a Constitution for Sport'. Paper presented at Conference on Law, Policy and the Olympic Movement, Ithaca College London Centre, May 2010.
Boyes, S 'On a Court without a Constitution: The Court of Arbitration for Sport and the need for a Global Sports Charter'. Paper presented at Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of the West of England, March 2010.
Patel, S 'The European Dimension of Sport as a Medium for Enhancing Participation'. Paper presented at the “Sport & EU Conference” hosted by Nottingham Trent University, July 2011.
Patel, S 'What is Gender in Sport Competition?' Paper presented with international colleagues from Southern Illinois University, USA, at the Conference on Law, Policy and the Olympic Movement, Ithaca College London Centre, May 2010.
Patel, S 'Using Lived Experiences to Explore Inclusion and Exclusion in Sport: the case of the British Indian Female'. Paper presented at the Sport and Society Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, March 2010.
Patel, S Inclusion and Exclusion in Competitive Sport: socio-legal and regulatory perspectives, 2015 London: Routledge.
Patel, S Expert opinion: The role of the law is critical when it comes to discrimination in sport. [online] Nottingham Trent University Website, December 22 2014.
Patel, S. 'Inclusion and Exclusion in Competitive Sport' (2014) 158(47) Solicitors Journal.
Patel, S. Expert opinion: women challenge the boundaries of sport, but there are still barriers to overcome. [online]Nottingham Trent University Website, August 29 2014.
Patel, S 'A Legal View' SportsPro Magazine, September 2014,.
Patel, S 'Women's Ski Jumping and Olympic Programme Inclusion' (2010) 8(7) World Sports Law Report 11-14.
Patel, S Call to break down barriers for women in sport [online] Nottingham Post September 2 2014.