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Understanding Sports Law & Career as a Sports Lawyer


By its very nature, Sports Law, as a distinct field of law, spans across various different jurisprudences; for example, law of contracts and negotiation, media law, public competition, the laws on drug, narcotics and artificial stimulants, etc. Additionally, sports law is yet to be taught as a full-fledged subject in law schools in India. This situation makes it very difficult to understand the finer nuances of this law. Furthermore, there is no Central or State Legislation that regulates sports per se in India. The governance of sports in India is interspersed among many institutions at the international, national, regional and local levels. Thus, there is an extreme dearth of clarity among law professionals, students, sportsmen and even sports regulators regarding the actual facets, scope, application and interpretation of this law. Given India’s recent rise as a force to be reckoned with in the sphere of sports, it becomes even more imperative to overcome this shortcoming and remove the deficit in knowledge and comprehension of Sports Law.

The course illustrates the specific nature of sports and its pertinent jurisprudence. It extensively addresses and deals with a variety of facets ranging from criminal offences like fraud and cheating to civil liability arising from contractual obligations which form an integral part of the subject matter of Sports Law. The topics and chapters are structured not only to illustrate the theoretical aspect of the subject but enable the learners to understand the practical application of the principles by analyzing the plethora of sports jurisprudence, explaining the interplay between the various laws related to it, identifying the distribution of powers among sports regulatory bodies – both national and international, and providing a comprehensive view of their dispute resolution mechanism. The course is ideal for legal or sports professionals and those who are interested in representing the interests of athletes and players.



After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze, interpret and apply Sports Laws.
  • Know the work done by sports lawyers.
  • Recognize the issues involved in sports.
  • Understand the structure of sport governing bodies and the dispute resolution mechanism when faced with any legal issue.
  • Learn to recognize the rights of sportspersons and take appropriate action in cases when the same are violated or denied.


  • Module 1 – Sports Law
  • Module 2 – Being a sports lawyer in India
  • Module 3 – Issues involved in Sports
  • Module 4 – Importance of Governance in Sports
  • Module 5 – Laws and Regulations governing Sports Law in India
  • Module 6 – Dispute Resolution in Sports Law
  • Module 7 – Functioning of the Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Module 8 – Conclusion
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment



Honors Badge


  • Lawyers
  • Law Students
  • Sports Agents
  • Sports Enthusiasts

Level: Beginner and Intermediate

Language: English

Duration: 6 Months


Learners must submit all assignments and secure at least 50% marks in Certification Exam at the end of the course to obtain the course certificate.

About the Author

Shivam Singh is Sports Law and Dispute Resolution Counsel, Supreme Court of India and High Courts. He holds qualifications from the Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and National Law School of India University. He has worked a counsel at the office of the Advocate General, Government of Bihar at the Patna High Court for 2 years. He has been practicing in Delhi since 2014 and the Supreme Court of India had in 2016 appointed him as Amicus Curiae in a murder appeal. He has also served as a defense counsel in one of India’s most complex criminal trials (Coal Scam Trial).
Shivam is regularly instructed to appear for statutory authorities, government agencies, broadcasters, sports federations, athletes and high net worth individuals across multiple dispute resolution forums in India with several reported judgments to his credit. He is a practitioner with significant expertise in sports law and has also keenly involved himself with teaching appointments at law/business schools in both India as well as abroad.

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