Sport&EU Annual Conference

Liverpool, United Kingdom

3-4 July 2018

The Association for the Study of Sport and the EU (Sport&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 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. Please contact us should you wish to display a poster.


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


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.  


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.


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