Sports Law and Governance

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

The elective course will be co- facilitated by UQ faculty Dr Sarah Kelly and Jindal sports law faculty, and will also incorporate several practical guest speakers and panellists, including sports administrators and sports lawyers. Participating Australian students will be accompanied by Dr Sarah Kelly and former Australian test cricketer and Cricket Australia board member, Mr Michael Kasprowicz throughout the week. Classes will be delivered evenings during the week, and immersion activities will be undertaken during the day, including visits to the Indian Supreme Court, The Australian High Commission, sports law firms, sports organisations and the Taj Mahal.

This is a unique opportunity to access cutting-edge sports law and governance knowledge and international experience and networks in this field. Cost of travel is self-funded, but some part scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Dr Sarah Jane KellyDr Sarah Jane Kelly

Dr Kelly is faculty at UQ Law School and has just completed four years in the role of MBA Director at the UQ Business School, in which she has led the program to a ranking of number 1 in Australia and 10th globally. She is a director of the Brisbane Lions AFL club, the Wandering Warriors, Somerville House School and Sports Analytics.

Sarah has multidisciplinary training in law, marketing and psychology and has practiced previously as a commercial lawyer. She has won awards for her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, most recently for her establishment of an international immersion program for MBA students. She has conducted research and consultancy in sport and marketing with industry, government and the not-for-profit sector. Sarah has published in several international journals in her field and specializes in sports governance, marketing and management, in addition to consumer behavior and branding.


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.


Applications are currently closed. Please check back in Semester 1, 2019.

To apply for Sports Law and Governance, please complete the application form below and attach your unofficial academic transcript and a one-page Statement of Interest outlining why you wish to enrol in this course, addressed to Dr Kelly. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2017. Students are invited to come to the information session on 5 April before submitting their application.

Students will need to pay for their own travel and accommodation expenses. Once your application has been accepted, the Law School will arrange for travel and accommodation in India. Students will reimburse the School at a later date.

To assist with expenses there are 6 scholarships worth $600. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please outline why a scholarship would help you attend this course on the application form, below.

Sports Law and Governance is worth #2 units.

  1. Introduction to sports law; Structure, ownership and regulatory system of sport (3 hours UQ)
  2. Player grievances and arbitration (3 hours UQ)
  3. Torts Law in sport (Mon 24/9)
  4. Drugs in Sport (Tues 25/9)
  5. Corruption in Sport: Organised crime, match fixing and gambling (Wed 26/9)
  6. Athlete/ Agent relationship and player contracting; celebrity endorsement and scandal (Thurs 27/9)
  7. Sponsorship in sport: operation, valuation, negotiation; rights; risky product partnering (Fri 28/9)
  8. Sport and the consumer; digital and media marketing, branding and intellectual property (Sat 29/9)

Delivery will be 30 hours (over 2 x 3 hour sessions at UQ  and 6x 4 hour sessions at Jindal) in total and incorporate guest speakers, case study teaching, readings and applied challenges in class.

  1. Case note on legal controversies in sports law (20%) (due end of week in India)
  2. Proposal for research paper  (20%) (Due 5th October)
  3. Research paper on a topic of choice (5,000 words). 60% (due one month after course conclusion- end October)