Book Review

Commonwealth Carribean Sports Law Jason Haynes & J Tyrone Marcus first edition December 2018 Routledge London United Kingdom pages 368 hardback paperback ebook prices US$150, US$ 39.95 and US$19.98 respectively isbn 978-0-8153-5686-8 (hbk) 978-0-8153-5685-1 (pbk) and 978-1-351-12704-2 (ebk)

This Book is part of a series of Books in the well-established Routledge Commonwealth Caribbean Law Series and the first on the developing and evolving subject of Sports Law in the region, which has produced several leading athletes, such as Usain Bolt, and hosts several international sporting events, including test cricket.

The authors are well qualified and have contributed articles to GSLTR.

Following a general introduction to the subject, the Book covers a wide range of Sports Law topics, including:

  • Sports Governance and Alternate Dispute Resolution, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport;
  • Sports Contracts, including Player Transfers;
  • Intellectual Property Rights in Sport, including ‘Ambush Marketing’ and Sports Image Rights;
  • Civil and Criminal Liability in Sport, including the controversial defence of ‘Volenti Non Fit Injuria’ and ‘Spot Fixing’ and ‘Ball Tampering’;
  • and, of course, Doping in Sport, including the ‘The Whereabouts Rule’ and ‘TUEs’.

The Book also includes a Chapter on Emerging Issues in Commonwealth Caribbean Sports Law, including the important topics of Human Rights and Freedom of Movement in Sport and their application in the Caribbean Region.

The text is well supported with helpful footnotes to legal resources; Statutory and Case Law Authorities; and the Book also contains a useful Table of Cases, Table of Legislation and an Index.

In welcoming and commending this Book to all those with a professional interest in sport, your reviewer can only echo the remarks of the Honourable Mr Justice Adrian Saunders, the President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, made in his Preface to the Book as follows:

“This text is the first of its kind in the region and it brings together substantive law, and practical guidance that would be useful in the adjudication of sporting disputes in the Caribbean. It is a defining contribution to Caribbean legal literature and the authors are to be congratulated for this pioneering venture.”

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw International Sports Lawyer, Academic, Author and Member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who may be contacted by e-mail at ‘ian.blackshaw@orange.fr’