The Sports Law Review recognises that sports law is not a single legal topic, but rather a field of law that is related to a wide variety of legal areas, such as contract, corporate, intellectual property, civil procedure, arbitration and criminal law. In addition, it covers the local legal frameworks that allows sports federations and sports governing bodies to set-up their own internal statutes and regulations as well as to enforce these regulations in relation to their members and other affiliated persons. While the statutory laws of a particular jurisdiction apply, as a rule, only within the borders of that jurisdiction, such statutes and regulations, if enacted by international sports governing bodies, such as FIFA, UEFA, FIS, IIHF, IAAF and WADA have a worldwide reach. Sports lawyers who intend to act internationally or globally must, therefore, be familiar with these international private norms if and to the extent that they intend to advise federations, clubs and athletes that are affiliated with such sports governing bodies. In addition, they should also be familiar with relevant practice of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, as far as it acts as the supreme legal body in sport-related disputes.
While sports law has an important international dimension, local laws remain relevant in respect of all matters not covered by the statutes and regulations of the sports governing bodies, as well as in respect of local mandatory provisions that may prevail over or invalidate certain provisions of regulations enacted by sports governing bodies.
Dr András Gurovits is a partner at Niederer Kraft & Frey Ltd, Zurich, Switzerland. His main areas of practice are arbitration and litigation, sports, TMT and corporate governance.
He is a listed arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, a member of the legal committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation and a member of the board of directors of the Neue Grasshopper Fussball AG, the corporation operating the professional football activities of the Swiss multisport club Grasshopper Club Zurich.
Dr Gurovits regularly advises clients in civil and commercial disputes before state courts and arbitral tribunals, as well as in administrative proceedings before the relevant state authorities. Further, he regularly acts as sole arbitrator, member of a panel or chairman in arbitration proceedings before the CAS. His corporate governance experience includes, in particular, the planning and implementation of organisational regulations, codes of conduct and similar instruments to ensure the proper conduct of commercial entities, sports governing bodies and sports organisations. His sports practice covers all aspects of sports-related issues, such as commercialisation of sports rights, organisation of sports events and management of sports organisations.
The publisher acknowledges and thanks the following for their learned assistance throughout the preparation of this book: