Professional sport is of growing importance. There are increasingly athletes, trainers, managers, athletic directors, and etc., from Spain who are developing their professional activity in other European countries (consolidated market) or Asia, America, and Oceania (emerging market with huge potential).
Professional sports markets, such as China, Thailand, or Arabic states of the Persian Gulf, are growing at an exponential rate in the last years and need professionals specialized in Sport. This is not just about the athletes who are hired, also coaches, directors’ sports, medical corps, and etc., and, why not jurists specialized in Sports Law? In these markets the ignorance of the law concerning the sports organizations (International Federations and Olympic Movement) in which they are competing is absolute and there is a need of specialized professionals to meet their concerns. It is a great opportunity for young Spanish and European specialists.
The INEFC-University of Lleida launched, over 20 years ago, the first Master in Sports Law in Spain and was also the same center that for more than 8 years now, offered the first Master in Sports Law that was adapted to the university qualifications of the European Higher Education Area, and that is the current Official Master in Sports Law at the University of Lleida. More than 500 students from all over Spain, Europe and Latin America have graduated from this Master.
The Master is now considered a reference not only at the level of the Spanish State, but also throughout Latin America (with a specific offer for the American continent for 6 years) and Europe.
After this long experience in Spain and Latin America and due to the increasing demand of students to attend to our Master's Degree (enrollment applications received in each edition double the number of places available -40-), from the teaching team and all persons responsible of the Master it has been considered appropriate to offer a new "official" postgraduate degree in Sports Law.
Together with the Spanish edition of the Sports Law Master which we have been developing over the last two decades, now we are offering an International Sports Law Master that offers a complete education applied to the international sporting bodies and international competitions.
The Master has passed all administrative procedures, of quality and verification by the pertinent university control agencies in order that the Government and the Ministry of Education approve the Master as an official qualification within the framework of the Bologna qualifications.
The Master is going to develop with the collaboration of professors of the top European and Latin-American universities specialized in sports law (Centre of Droit et d'Economie du Sport of the University of Limoges, Centre for Sports Law Research of the University of Edge Hill, the Kufatin Moscow State Law University, the National University of the East in Paraguay) and with the collaboration of legal experts who are developing their professional activities in organizations such as the Olympic International Committee, the CAS, International Federations of Football, Basketball, Driving, Volleyball or sports lawyers with international prestige.
The main goal of the International Sports Law Master – LLM is to offer a complete education in the legislation and legal instruments available, an approach to the different legal issues and the study of the different procedures which a jurist should know when placed in the context of competitive sport organized by the International Sports Federations or the different types of competitions in the framework of the Olympic Movement. The focus is essentially from the perspective of the rules made by the sporting bodies with responsibilities in international sport and the dispute settlement procedures that they themselves have established.
This is a Master organized from a public university, with a public price and with a non-profit-making purpose.
Its sole objective is to offer a specialized postgraduate degree to any jurist anywhere in the world. The best specialists have volunteered to participate as professors in the Master, precisely for this exclusively academic vocation in relation to the knowledge diffusion, and to ensure that all jurists of the world, irrespective of their country of residence, can have access to the Master.
The International Sports Law Master offers a unique opportunity to obtain an official Master Degree within the Bologna qualifications framework that enables access to PhD studies, and which is recognized across Europe and throughout the world where European degrees are recognized. The Master has obtained all official authorizations of the European Agencies, and it is the only Sports Law academic program with these characteristics.
The Master provides any sports-loving jurist with a unique opportunity to receive the most prestigious education in the Sports Law field at a public university price.