Sport, Law and International Diplomacy

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sport, Law and International Diplomacy

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, Global Security and Intelligence Studies, Intercultural Development, International Affairs, International Relations, International Studies, Justice Studies, Pacific Studies, Pre-Law

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    In the twentieth century sport was transformed from an amateur pastime to a global business and became an important tool for nations in international diplomacy. This course will introduce students to the development of the international sports system and its modes of governance. It will explore the use of sport in diplomacy, especially in key events such as boycott movements that had legal repercussions in various nations. Using a series of case studies the course will consider themes such as international treaties related to sport; human rights; discrimination; violence; women in sport; sport and the European Union among others. It will also examine international organisations such as the IOC, FIFA, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
    Main Topics
    • The geneses of international sporting organisations and the development of the governance of international sport
    • Sport and law in the inter-war years (1918-1939) and during the era of appeasement with special consideration of moves in the USA to boycott the 1936 Berlin Olympics
    • The boycott era. Law, sport and diplomacy during the Cold War Era (includes dealing with the problem of the Two Chinas, Two Germanies, Two Koreas and others)
    • The Gleneagles Agreement and the battle against Apartheid in South Africa
    • Human rights and anti-discrimination provisions in international treaties and how sporting organisations deal with them
    • International treaties and the protection of sporting intellectual property
    • International law and the politics of doping in sport
    • The Court of Arbitration for Sport
    • The European Union Constitution, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and Sport
    • International environmental law and sport
    • The Beijing Olympic Games, Law and International Diplomacy

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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