Global Master in International Sports Law

ISDE - Law Business School
Program overview
1 year
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
March 2023

March 2024

March 2025

About this program

Global Master in International Sports Law

The Global Master in International Sports Law is aimed and focused for professionals that are not able to attend a full time, one-year long program. Students of this Master come from Law, Business Administration, and Economics backgrounds, who want to acquire practical and work oriented knowledge in the field of International Sports Law and Sport Management.

ISDE’s philosophy is not only to acquire the most up to date knowledge on Sports Law, but also to acquire the skills that will help them to reach their professional goals, as well as a professional network within the industry.

To do so, our faculty is composed of the most relevant lecturers in the Sports Law and Management sector. Their commitment in making this program the best online master in sports law and management is the guarantee of its unparalleled excellence.

Due to the fact that many students in this program are with full-time activities, the training will be conducted online. However, within the term of the program, three encounters will take place in Madrid for a period lasting three days during weekends.

Program content

Choice of regulations. Regulatory conflict in sport-related disputes and procedures

  • International law
  • Regulation of international organizations
  • Law of the seat of arbitration or court
  • Choice of law by the parties
  • Restrictions on the choice of law due to public law principles, etc.

Swiss private international law

  • Special attention to international arbitration (chapter 17 of the SwissCivil Code)

The fight against doping. Special attention to the legitimacy of the Code of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

  • History
  • Creation of WADA
  • Objectives of the WADA Code
  • Doping procedures in various sports organizations
  • The WADA Code in accordance with the principles of criminal and disciplinary law
  • Human rights and international conventions or directives relating to human rights

Conflict of Jurisdiction in Sports Disputes

  • Relationship between the procedures carried out before international courts and the internal judicial bodies of sports organizations

Internationalisation of sport

  • Special attention is given to the relations between sports organisations, which are mostly European entities subject to European Union law but which carry out sports activities worldwide that are not only subject to European Union law and principles

Sports law in the United States

  • The structure of sports organizations in the United States and their relationship to international sports organizations.
  • Special attention to the different visions and attitudes regarding the structure of sports activities, international transfers, special regulations, special characteristics in the laws of the game, etc.

Sport and European Union law

  • The impact and influence of European Union law on international sports issues

Sport financing

  • Different attitudes towards the financing of sports activities
  • Private ownership as opposed to public ownership
  • Coexistence of the two regulatory systems relating to sports financing, etc.


  • History
  • Functions, procedures and new developments
  • Special attention to matters relevant to practising lawyers in CAS/TAS

Employment law in the context of sport

  • Basic principles of labour relations and their coexistence with the regulation of sports organisations, sportsmen and women and employers
  • The specificity of sport and its impact on the basic principles of labour relations

The definition of sport and the recognition of an activity as“sport”

  • GAISF (General Association of International Sports Federations)
  • The Olympic movement
  • Special attention to those organizations and activities entitled to be considered as “sport” or “Olympic sport”

Lex sportive

  • Is there?
  • Is there still a real debate on this issue?

Esports and Virtual Reality in Sports

  • Legal problems including image rights, privacy, health and torts, patent, product liability, licensing, crime, transparency and disclosure and addiction
  • Conflicting interests: leagues, clubs, players, fans, sponsors, technology firms, broadcasters

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the school website for more information.

Career paths

  • National or international sports intermediary
  • Representative Agencies
  • Law firms, audits and Big Four
  • Private and public federations and institutions
  • National or international sports entities
  • Sports Entertainment Industry
  • E-Sports and video games
  • Organization and management of sports events

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