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Simon Boyes

Simon Boyes

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

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Simon is a Senior Lecturer and Director for the Sports Law Research Group.

Simon teaches on the Law of Torts and Public Law and Human Rights modules on Nottingham Law School's undergraduate LLB programme. He also has an ongoing interest in the Law of the European Union.

He leads and teaches a number of modules on the School's LLM Sports Law course, which reflects his particular area of expertise.

He also supervises postgraduate research students, both in the field of sports law and other areas related to his expertise.

Simon has a wider interest in legal education, in particular as it relates to the use of learning technologies.

Career overview

Simon holds LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Hull, a PGCert in Higher Education from Nottingham Trent University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He joined Nottingham Law School as a Lecturer in 2001. Prior to this Simon held positions a Research Associate at the Centre for Sport and Law at King's College, University of London, and a Research Fellow at the International Sports Law Centre, Anglia Ruskin University.

Simon is able to offer supervision for research students across the range of topics associated with sports law, as well as those involving elements of European Union law.

Research areas

As Director of the Centre for Sports Law Simon's research activities are focussed in the areas of sports law and sports regulation. Simon is co-author of the leading student textbook in the field – Sports Law – published by Routledge and shortly to enter its fifth edition.

In 2011 Simon was awarded a grant and Joao Havelange Scholarship by the CIES (International Centre for Studies in Sport – University of Neuchatel in association with FIFA) for research relating to the legitimate limits of legal intervention in football.
Simon researches and publishes on a number of sports law topics, predominantly related to legal regulation of sports governing bodies, the relationship between sports self-regulation and the law, as well as the relationship between sport and the law of the European Union.

External activity

Simon has acted as an external examiner for the examination of PhD candidates at a number of institutions, both in the UK and overseas, and is currently an external examiner for law programmes at other UK universities.

In April 2015 Simon was appointed to the panel of arbitrators for Sport Resolutions UK, the dispute resolution service supporting sport in the United Kingdom.

Press expertise

Simon is available to comment on all aspects of sports law. He has expertise across a wide range of legal topics related to sport, including but not limited to:

  • Drugs and doping; including the World Anti-Doping Code
  • Sports regulation; the internal rules of sports federations, such as those relating to football transfers
  • Sports arbitration; including matters before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
  • Sports disciplinary matters, bans and violence in sport
  • Cheating in sport
  • Criminal and civil litigation related to sport
  • European Union law as it relates to sport
  • Legal issues related to commercial and intellectual property rights and broadcasting of sport on TV and radio

Simon has previously provided expert comment to local, national and international press on news stories such as footballer John Terry's racism trial, Fabio Capello's resignation as England manager, and the 2012 takeover of Nottingham Forest Football Club.