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Seema Patel

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

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Academic Division Nottingham Law School staff


Seema is a senior lecturer in law. She leads, lectures and tutors on a number of law modules. Her area of expertise is Sports Law in which she module leads an optional final-year undergraduate module. Seema also contributes to modules on the LLM Sports Law.

Career overview

After completing LLB and LLM degrees at Nottingham Trent University, Seema was a senior lecturer in Sports Law and Management in the Sport Science department at NTU. One of her key roles included the management of a successful work placement module for final-year undergraduate sport students.

Research areas

Seema has a PhD in Sports Law. Her particular area of expertise is discrimination in sport and the regulatory balance between inclusion and exclusion in competitive sport. Seema has frequently attended and presented her research at a number of national and international conferences. She has also published in her area and has released a book with Routledge.

In December 2014, Seema was invited to appear as a guest on Notts TV, The 6.30 Show, where she discussed inclusion and exclusion in sport. In July 2015, Seema was interviewed by BBC World Service Radio to provide expert commentary on the Dutee Chand case (CAS 2014/A/3759 Dutee Chand v. Athletics Federation of India & The International Association of Athletics Federations).

Seema has also provided expert comment to local press on new stories such as the success of female athletes at the London Olympics and the participation of Asian athletes in sport.

External activity

In February 2016, Seema was invited to join an expert panel at the Public Policy Exchange (Westminster, London) symposium entitled, “Adopting a Zero Tolerance Approach on Discrimination in Sport: Ensuring Equality, Promoting Inclusion for All.” Seema offered legal analysis on issues of inclusion and exclusion in sport.

In March 2008 Seema was invited to deliver a series of lectures to students from Ithaca College, New York, USA, on their spring break trip to Antigua. The theme of the trip was English Cricket and Colonialism. While in Antigua, she was also invited to join in a facilities management debate concerning the building of a new cricket stadium on the Island.

Seema annually supervises the Nottingham Law School Summer Schools. She has previously travelled to Geneva and Strasbourg, delivering lectures on the topics of Sports Law and Regulation, EU Law and Sport and Human Rights in Sport.

Within her current role, Seema has been involved in business consultancy projects. Seema and colleagues worked with local entrepreneurs in Southern Poland, where her student consultancy team created and presented a strategic report for these professionals, on topics relating to aspects of their businesses that they wish to develop. This has included agro-tourism and hotel management.



PATEL, S., 2015. Feature Article: The IAAF’s Hyperandrogenism Regulations Suspended. World Sports Law Report, 13(8), August.

PATEL, S., 2015. How should sporting regulators draw competitive lines? [online] LexisNexis PSL Arbitration. (Available online)

PATEL, S., 2015. Women’s sport is on the rise but old-fashioned regulators need to catch up [online]: The Conversation. (Available online)

PATEL, S., 2015. Faster, higher, stronger—tackling inequality in sport [online]: LexisNexis PSL Commercial. (Available online)

PATEL, S., 2015. Inclusion and Exclusion in Competitive Sport [online]: socio-legal and regulatory perspectives. London: Routledge.

PATEL, S., 2014. Expert opinion: The role of the law is critical when it comes to discrimination in sport. [online] Nottingham Trent University Website. 22nd December. (Available online)

PATEL, S., 2014. Inclusion and Exclusion in Competitive Sport [online]: Solicitors Journal. 158(47). (Available online)

PATEL, S., 2014. Expert opinion: women challenge the boundaries of sport, but there are still barriers to overcome. [online] Nottingham Trent University Website. 29th August. (Available online)

PATEL, S., 2014. A Legal View. SportsPro Magazine. September, pp.58.

PATEL S., 2010. Women's Ski Jumping and Olympic Programme Inclusion, World Sports Law Report, 8(7), pp.11-13.

PATEL S., 2008. Transsexuals in sport: inclusiveness and the level playing field [online], Papers in Law Series, Anglia Ruskin University, August 2008. (Available online)

PATEL S., 2008. Creating a Level Playing Field: A study of the admissions and experiences of different groups onto a university sport management course [online]. JoHLSTE, 7(2). (Available online)

PATEL S., 2006. Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference: Sport and Entertainment Law Stream, Review [online]. Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, 4(2).

PATEL S. and BOYES S., 2006. After Bosman: the rise of the Bos (wo)man? Sport and the Law Journal, 14(3).

Conference Papers Presented

The European Dimension of Sport as a Medium for Enhancing Participation. Patel S, Sport and EU Conference, NTU, 1st July 2011.

"What is Gender in Sport Competition" (oral paper) presented with international colleagues from Southern Illinois University, USA, at the "Conference on Law, Policy and the Olympic Movement" Ithaca College London Centre, UK, May 2010.

"Using Lived Experiences to Explore Inclusion and Exclusion in Sport: the case of the British Indian Female" (Oral Paper),presented at the "Sport and Society Conference" University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, March 2010.

"Transgender and Sport: A UK Perspective" (Oral Paper) presented at the "Ithaca College Sport, Sexuality, and Culture Conference" Ithaca College, USA, March 2009.

"The Level Playing Field: Balancing Inclusion and Exclusion in Sport" (Oral Paper) presented at the "22nd Annual Conference on Sport, Physical Activity, Recreation and Law" San Antonio, Texas, USA, March 2009.

"Women in Sport: An Anglo-American Comparison" (Oral Paper) presented at "Girls and Women Rock: Celebrating 35 years of sport and Title IX" Conference, Cleveland, USA, March 2007.

"The Value of Sport versus Inclusiveness: The Legal Regulation of Transsexuals in Sport" (Oral Paper) presented at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference, Stirling, Scotland, March 2006.

"Football: Legal and Regulatory Approaches to Women in a 'Men's Game'" (Oral Paper) co- presented with Mr Simon Boyes at the International Football Institute Conference, Preston, UK, June 2005.

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Press expertise

  • Sports Law
  • Discrimination in sport
  • Sex and gender issues in sport
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Inclusion and exclusion