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 15: Specificity of sport

An Vermeersch

Abstract

The 2009 Lisbon Treaty endorsed the constitutional recognition of the specificity of sport. Despite its wide recognition, both from a political and a legal perspective, the concept of the specificity of sport remains enfolded by a number of questions. This chapter analyses the origin of the concept and its legal implications. The main contention is that sport is special to a certain extent. The case law of the European Court of Justice and the decision practice of the European Commission take into consideration the peculiarities of sport and provide for sufficient guidance in assessing sporting rules or sporting practices under EU law.

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