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Fair Game: A caution

SportsLawyers Paul Horvaths article in The Law Society Of South Australias magazine.

There has been passionate and heated public debate about drugs in sport in recent months – not all of it based in fact. The conversation follows the explosive story surrounding the Essendon Football Club in the AFL and allegations of drug use and injections administered away from their club. A few days after that revelation, the Federal Justice and Sports Ministers held a media conference with the CEOs of…

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World Anti Doping Authority (WADA) Code: A restraint of an athlete’s trade?

World Anti Doping Authority (WADA) Code: a restraint of an athlete’s trade?

“The AFL’s (WADA compliant) Anti-Doping Policy is a Restraint of a Player’s Trade in relation to Illicit Drug Use. This paper explores the AFL’s Anti Doping Code and its Illicit drugs Policy in assessing whether the WADA Code is fair or inflexible. This is a summary of Paul Horvath’s paper on this topic published in the Monash University Law Review, (2006) 32(2) MonULR 357.

Sports Marketing Law: Does the AFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) take too many rights from players?

Sports Marketing Law: Does the AFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) take too many rights from players?

The AFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement restricts an AFL player’s ability to use his image for sponsorship and promotional purposes. This is justifibale to some extent, as it protects the interests of major AFL competition and club sponsors and the value of thier sponsorship. This paper argues that too many player rights are taken away. A player’s ability to obtain individual sponsorship and promotional opportunities is made too difficult.

Restraint of Trade in Australian Sport

Restraint of Trade in Australian Sport

Legal Representation in Sporting Tribunals

Legal Representation in Sporting Tribunals

This paper entitled: “Is the ‘mouthpiece’ a Rolls Royce our sports tribunals can’t afford?”, explores whether or not persons appearing before sporting tribunals have an enforcable right to be legally represented. The paper was 2005 runner up in the presitgious Paul Trisley award , given out annually by the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA). The full paper can be found at (2005) 62 The Commentator 2. The Commentator is the official newsletter of ANZSLA.

Best Governance Practise in Metropolitan Football Leagues in Victoria

Best Governance Practise in Metropolitan Football Leagues in Victoria

This paper won the 2007 Paul Trisley award for best paper making a contrubution to sports law at the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA) annual conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland. It sets out models of best governance pratise. It tells how to best structure the League, how to optimise relations between the executive League staff and the board, how to minimise legal risk both for board members and for the organisation, and how to fine tune key documents of the League, such as the Constitution, so as to run more smoothly and effectively as an organisation.

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Best Governance Practise in Sports

Australian Sports Commission: Sports Governance Principles March 2012

Horvath, P, ‘Organisational Structure, Economics and Best Governance Practice in Non-Professional Sporting Leagues’, Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal 2008, 3(1)

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