Organised by Dr Richa Sharma, the Director of the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) Centre for Sports and Entertainment Law, an intensive three-day Certificate Course on ‘The European Union and Sport’ was held on 15-17 February, 2016 at the University.
The Course was chaired by Dr Sharma and led by Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw, a leading international sports lawyer, academic, author and member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland.
The topics covered by the Course included Sports Social and Legal Policy in the EU, including the EU ‘White Paper’ on Sport; the Jean Marc Bosman and other leading EU Sports Law cases; and the sale and purchase of Sports TV and New Media Rights in the EU.
The Course was attended by 55 delegates drawn from students at the University and by others from other parts of India.
The idea of the Course was to inform those interested in the development of sports law in India of what happens in the European Union (EU), with a view to seeing in what ways India could benefit from the experience to date of the EU in the field of sport in its social, economic and business dimensions, gained over a period of more than forty years of cases handled by the European Commission and the European Court of Justice.
Dr Sharma commented: “The Course was well received by the delegates and we were so pleased and fortunate to have such an expert in the field to lead the Course in the person of Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw, who teaches at several Universities in the UK, including Wolfson College Cambridge, the rest of Europe, South Africa and South Korea.”
Prof Dr Blackshaw said that “he was delighted and honoured to be invited by GNLU and congratulated Dr Sharma on her pioneering efforts in putting sports law on the map in India, which is one of the leading sporting nations of the world, especially in cricket and the well-known and very successful India Premier League.”
Prof Blackshaw added: “As professional sport continues to grow in India, there is a need for well informed and trained sports lawyers, who understand the special characteristics, dynamics and demands of sport, and the GNLU Sports and Entertainment Law Centre, as well as Courses like the present one, are fulfilling this important need.”
He also congratulated Dr Sharma on the high standard of the delegates, who attended the Course, and of whom he said it was his great pleasure to teach!
18 February, 2016
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