Trans-Tasman Sport and Law - Some Observations

Canterbury Law Review, Vol. 16, 2010

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 571

31 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2012

See all articles by Hayden Opie

Hayden Opie

University of Melbourne - Law School

Elizabeth Toomey

University of Canterbury

Date Written: March 27, 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Opie, Hayden and Toomey, Elizabeth, Trans-Tasman Sport and Law - Some Observations (March 27, 2012). Canterbury Law Review, Vol. 16, 2010, U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 571, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2030045

Hayden Opie (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

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185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

Elizabeth Toomey

University of Canterbury ( email )

Ilam Road
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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