Research Handbook on EU Sports Law and Policy
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Research Handbook on EU Sports Law and Policy

Edited by Jack Anderson, Richard Parrish and Borja García

The EU’s influence on sport has traditionally focused on the socio-economic and cultural impact. This Research Handbook on EU Sports Law explores the development of the 'European dimension' in sport, and the concomitant legal issues including, competition law, state aid and free movement of persons. The application of such areas of EU law to sport and the influence of EU law on key policy issues such as, doping, match-fixing and governance, are detailed in this comprehensive collection. The topical chapters by experts in their field, also touch upon the future evolution of EU sports law.
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Chapter 6: Human rights at the intersection of EU law and sport

Simon Boyes


This chapter considers the extent to which EU law has been effective in securing human rights protections in the sporting context. The chapter first notes that, unlike the EU, the European Convention on Human Rights has had a negligible impact on the ‘re-regulation’ of sport. First, the chapter is concerned with the effect given to human rights values in the context of EU sports law; that is the extent to which, in the application of EU law in sports cases, specific human rights values are overtly considered and applied. Second, it seeks to identify and assess the extent to which EU law, as deployed in ‘sports cases’ is affected – by indirect or incidental means – by human rights values; that these values are indirectly protected by the invocation of a parallel, related right in EU law. The chapter finds only limited evidence of ‘effect’, but numerous examples of the ‘affect’ of rights: non-discrimination; slavery and servitude; work; education and training; and privacy.

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