Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson joined Melbourne Law School in 2017. Previously he taught at the University of Limerick from where he was appointed a Senior Research Scholar by the Irish Research Council for Humanities & Social Sciences in 2002. In 2003 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law, Australian National University, Canberra. Promoted to Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast in 2008, Reader in 2011, and Professor of Law in 2012, he taught the law of torts; alternative dispute resolution; and sports law. Jack’s primary research interest is the relationship between sport and the law and he has published widely in the area including The Legality of Boxing (Routledge, London, 2007), Modern Sports Law (Hart, Oxford 2010) and the edited collection Landmark Cases in Sports Law (The Hague, Asser, 2013). Previously Editor-in-Chief of the International Sports Law Journal, he is the author of over 100 peer reviewed articles, international conference papers and other seminars on the topics of sports law and including at the National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University, Milwaukee; the Australian National University, Canberra; the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, Brisbane; University of Cambridge; German Sports University, Cologne; China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing; and also the delivery of papers and workshops relating to sports law for Interpol, FIFA, World Rugby and the International Olympic Committee. Jack contributes regularly to the media in Australia, Britain and Ireland on sports law matters. He is an accredited workplace mediator and a Chartered Arbitrator. Jack is also a member of a number of sports dispute resolution tribunals in the UK and Ireland such as Sport Resolutions UK; Just Sport Ireland; the Football Association of Ireland’s Disciplinary Panel; and the Gaelic Athletic Association’s Disputes Resolution Authority. In 2016, he was appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and appeared on the list of arbitrators of the CAS Ad hoc Division for the UEFA EURO 2016 (European football championships).

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Why drug cheats are still being caught seven years after the 2012 London Olympics

When two swimmers refused to acknowledge victories by Chinese swimmer Sun Yang at the last month’s world swimming championships, the very public protests riveted the swimming world and cast a spotlight (again) on suspected doping in sport. But in the midst of the drama, a separate, failed drug test was...


The data challenge reaches every corner of sport

Doping is one of the key topics in any sports law course. Students generally want to talk about the excuses athletes resort to in trying to reduce the length of their ban. An interesting example of this took place last week at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Peru...

News 11/02/2016

Concussion, Sport and the Law

Concussion in sport has been a hot topic over the last couple of years, especially since the National Football League (NFL) agreed a US$1 billion settlement in order to compensate players suffering brain injuries as a result of playing American football. The debate has centred on whether such an action...

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