Lex Sportiva: A Playground for Transnational Law

European Law Journal, Vol. 19, Issue 6, pp. 822-842, 2013

24 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2013 Last revised: 7 Jan 2014

Date Written: July 31, 2013


This article argues that lex sportiva, the law of international sport, is a fruitful research object in order to address three key questions raised by transnational law scholarship: What is transnational law? Is transnational law legitimate? How do we deal with transnational legal pluralism? We will address each of these questions separately, complementing each time a general analysis with empirical examples drawn from the field of lex sportiva. In our view, there is a pressing need for empirical work and pragmatic description of legal phenomena reaching beyond the state. With this in mind, this paper demonstrates that lex sportiva constitutes a pertinent legal playground to study and grasp the practical and theoretical challenges of law in a transnationalizing world.

Keywords: Transnational Law, Lex Sportiva, Global Law, Legal Pluralism, Transnational Private Regulation, Legal theory, Global governance

Suggested Citation

Duval, Antoine, Lex Sportiva: A Playground for Transnational Law (July 31, 2013). European Law Journal, Vol. 19, Issue 6, pp. 822-842, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2317826 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2317826

Antoine Duval (Contact Author)

T.M.C. Asser Instituut ( email )

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