Vasilis E. Alexandris

Message by: 
Vasilis E. Alexandris President of Athens Bar Association

On Sports Law – 20th Congress of International Association of Sports Law IASL in Athens 11-13 December 2014

Sport constitutes a universal activity, subjected to rules of national, supra-national and international law. The great social and economic growth that sport has demonstrated in the past years, has brought to the surface a series of affairs that are (also) in need of legal resolutions thus turning sports law into a self-examining conceptual field of legal science.

Differences arising from athletic activity, which are faced by the sports legal order, concern the rules of exercising sports as well as the organization and functioning of sports associations. In the course of time though, the interest of legal science is directed towards more specific matters, such as the contractual relations in sport (sport and training services, sponsorship contracts and sponsoring), doping and bribery in athletic contests that are dealt with special legal regulations as well as towards the national and international sports jurisdiction.

As part of the 20th Conference of Sports Law of I.A.S.L. we will be able to methodically investigate and scientifically discuss the various aspects, the conflicting issues, the limits and perspectives of sports law. Among the highly interesting topics to be presented, are the following: Lex Sportiva and national law, the Olympic institution, law of International Sports Activities, Law and International Organization, Special affairs of international federations, Treaties and trans-Greek Relations, Sports and Human Rights.

The distinguished speakers of the Conference, with their profound scientific background and rich practical experience, following the long tradition of IASL, will combine the all-around, synthetic approach with the in-depth analysis concerning all matters occurring on the frontier of law and sport. At the same time, through an interdisciplinary approach they will familiarize the participants with international practice and present the social and economic conflicts arising in the field of sport, providing us with the opportunity to deepen and contemplate on solutions de lege lata and suggestions to deal with the problems de lege ferenda.

We encourage the widest possible participation of the legal world in the activities of the Conference, with the firm conviction that the findings obtained will constitute yet another step towards the formulation of sports law on the basis of a national and supranational level.

 Kind Regards

Vassilis E. Alexandris