LAWS5225 Sports Law and Governance - India

Sports law is a growing international field, fuelled by the commercialisation and growth of the sports sector and its importance economically, politically and socially. 

Key details


Delhi, in partnership with OP Jindal Global University Law School, a top-ranked law school in India


29 January – 12 February 2020


Approximately $4500 (travel and transport, activities, accommodation, food etc)

New Colombo Plan scholarships of $3000 are available to assist with travel expenses


Applications closed

Seminars will be delivered over the two weeks at Jindal Global University (JGU) and in Dehli, and will be integrated with immersion activities including visits to the National Anti-Doping Authority, the Supreme Court, the Dehli Devils Stadium, a sporting event if available and a reception at the High Commission. The immersion will also incorporate several cultural activities, including a visit to the Taj Mahal, Jaipur and an elephant sanctuary. Students will expand their international networks in law through attendance at networking events and guest presentations in class from sports lawyers, sports brand executives and regulators in sport.

Students will be accompanied to India and throughout the immersion by Associate Professors Sarah Kelly and Shaun Star (JGU) and accommodation will be on campus and in hotel accommodation in Dehli.

This is a unique opportunity to access cutting edge knowledge in sports law and governance, develop international law and business networks and gain international experience in one of the fastest growing economies in the world. This course is only rarely available as an immersive elective, and may not be available every year, so interested students are encouraged to apply. This will be the only offering of Sports law for 2020.

New Colombo Plan Travel scholarships of $3000 per student are available to students participating, and total travel costs are estimated at $4,600. 

Associate Professor Sarah Jane Kelly

Associate Professor Sarah Kelly is a leader in academia, business and sport, with extensive international experience in education and business. She is an Associate Professor in the Law School and Marketing and the Marketing Discipline Leader in the UQ Business School. She recently completed four years in the role of MBA Director at the UQ Business School, in which she led the program to a ranking of number 1 in Australia and 10th globally. During that time, she developed and led a new international immersion program for MBA students to India, China, Silicon Valley and Argentina.

She has interdisciplinary expertise in marketing, psychology and law and is globally known for her research and consulting in the sports field, and is also co-leading an interdisciplinary research team at UQ in Trust, Ethics and Governance. Recent projects include the impacts of scandal in sport, governance of esports, mega-event legacy and risk issues in women’s sports. Sarah is also leading a global sports innovation accelerator at UQ and advises start-up businesses in sports technology. She teaches Sports Law and Marketing and has won awards for her teaching.

Sarah holds several non-executive directorships, including as Deputy Chair of the Brisbane Lions AFL Football Club, Tourism and Events Qld, Events Management Qld, The Gregory Terrace Foundation and the Wandering Warriors. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors National Education Advisory Board, the State Minister’s Sport Advisory Council.

Shaun StarAssistant Professor Shaun Star

Passionate about promoting the Australia-India relationship, Shaun has been working in India since 2010. Shaun is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for India Australia Studies, housed at O.P. Jindal Global University. He has been appointed as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean (International Collaborations) at Jindal Global Law School.

Shaun is an Australian qualified lawyer and has worked at various top-tier law firms in Australia and India, including most recently at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co. Shaun was recently named as one of 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia. Shaun subsequently founded his own advisory practice and has advised numerous Australian organisations (from start-ups to listed companies), assisting them with their entry and expansion into India.

In 2016, Shaun was the Senior Operations Manager of the Indian Premier League. In addition, he worked during the 2011 Cricket World Cup as a sports lawyer in Bangalore at The Law Offices of Nandan Kamath.

Shaun is co-founder and Chair of the Australia India Youth Dialogue, a forum which hosts young politicians, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and diplomats and encourages collaboration between young leaders of both of our nations.



To be eligible for this opportunity, you must:

  • be currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or a law dual program
  • be an Australian citizen
  • not hold dual citizenship or residency rights with India. 

To be eligible for a New Colombo Plan grant you must not have previously received one.

Commitments prior to departure

There will be an information session held at UQ on Thursday 11 July at 6pm in Room 01-W431, a course briefing at UQ on 25 November and a course meeting at UQ on 22 January 2020.  Please make sure you are able to attend.

Applications closed.

Sports Law and Governance is worth #2 units.

  1. Introduction to sports law; Structure, ownership and regulatory system of sport
  2. Player grievances and arbitration
  3. Torts Law in sport 
  4. Drugs in Sport 
  5. Corruption in Sport: Organised crime, match fixing and gambling
  6. Athlete/Agent relationship and player contracting; celebrity endorsement and scandal
  7. Sponsorship and Ambushing in sport
  8. Discrimination in sport
  9. Branding and intellectual property
  10. Esports

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