Trans-Tasman Sport and Law - Some Observations
Canterbury Law Review, Vol. 16, 2010
31 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2012
Date Written: March 27, 2012
There is little literature on the legal aspects of Australia-New Zealand (trans-Tasman) sport or on how the sport laws of one country influence those of the other. This appears curious given the countries’ close sporting and legal ties. A possible explanation is that there has been little trans-Tasman sport aside from contests between national representative teams (mainly in amateur sports). Also, there has been little occasion for each country to draw on the legal experience of the other because the legislative regulation of sport is mainly recent. This landscape is changing especially with the emergence of a number of trans-Tasman professional sports leagues. The main purposes of this article are to make observations on some of the trans-Tasman legal features of those leagues and to draw attention to two instances where legislators on both sides of the Tasman have addressed similar sports law issues: one co-operatively and the other independently.
Keywords: sports law, trans-Tasman, Australia, New Zealand
JEL Classification: K00, K19, K39
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