Athens bar Association

Message by the President
of Athens Bar Association,
  Mr. Dimitrios Vervesos


Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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 in need of legal resolutions thus turning sports law into a self-examining conceptual field of legal science.

Differences arising from sports 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 regarding sports and sponsorship contracts that are dealt with special legal regulations as well as towards the national and international sports jurisdiction.

As part of the 24th IASL Congress we will be able to methodically investigate and scientifically discuss the various aspects, the conflicting issues, the limits and perspectives of law in football and basketball. Among the highly interesting topics to be presented, are the following: Institutional status of Football and Basketball Federation, Financial Dispute Resolution, Corruption and Match Fixing, Professional players - Contracts, Arbitration and Broadcasting rights.

The distinguished speakers of the Congress, with their profound scientific background and rich practical experience will combine the all-around, synthetic approach with the in-depth analysis concerning all matters occurring on the frontier of law and sport.

We encourage the widest possible participation of the legal world in the activities of the Congress, 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.

With my regards,

Dimitrios Vervesos
President of Athens Bar Association