Paul has practised law for 19 years and has completed his Masters degree in Law, with an emphasis in sports law. He has written papers on a range of sporting issues including: Best Practise Governance in Sporting Leagues (Winner ANZSLA Paul Trisley Award 2007), collective agreements, restraint of trade, disciplinary tribunal systems (Runner up, ANZSLA Paul Trisley award, 2005) and the WADA Code and doping in sport (paper published in the Monash University Law Review in August, 2007).
Paul is solicitor for the Richmond Football Club on AFL Tribunal matters. He was Solicitor to Athletes and Officials at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games (pro bono). He was Solicitor to Athletes and Officials at the 2007 World Swimming Championships (Melbourne). He was National Co-ordinator of the AFL Players’ Association 24 Hour Legal Advice Service (2006-2008). Four years as Tribunal member of the Western Region Football League (2003-2006); Tribunal Member Football Federation Victoria(FFV) (2006-2008) and appointed to FFV Appeals Board 2009.
Paul was appointed in October 2009 by the AFL Players Association to the Player Agent Arbitration Panel. In the same month the Australian Olympic Committee appointed Paul to the panel of the National Federal Appeal Tribunal Chair for the Winter Olympics 2010. In December 2009 the Australian Cricketer’s Association apointed Paul as an Independent Expert for determining injury claims.
Paul Horvath won the 2007 Paul Trisley Award presented by the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association for the year’s best academic paper on sports law.
LLM student wins prestigious Sports Law prize.
Congratulations to Paul Horvath, one of our LLM students specialising in sports law, for winning the Paul Trisley Award for the year’s best academic paper on a sports law topic.
Paul’s paper, League Structure, Economics and Best Governance Practice in Metropolitan Australian Football Leagues was a modified version of a paper he wrote for the Melbourne Law Masters subjectSports Law: Entities and Governance originally submitted in early 2007.
The prestigious annual award was established in 1995 by the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and presented to Paul at the Association’s annual conference dinner in Queensland in November 2007.His paper will be published in the 2008 edition of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal, a refereed publication.
Vanessa graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Legal Practice with the Australian National University. She has predominantly worked in disputes in the commercial litigation and employment law area and has been involved in highly publicised litigation and multi-million dollar matters.
Having previously run a business in the sporting industry, she understands the needs of employees and employers and focuses her attention towards these areas. In her spare time she enjoys mountain biking and playing a variety of instruments.