Doping in Sport: What Role for Administrative Law?

Ulrich Haas and Deborah Healey (eds), Doping in Sport: An In-Depth Analysis of Impact (Hart, 2016)

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2016-65

13 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2016 Last revised: 7 Sep 2016

Date Written: April 26, 2016


This chapter examines the intersection of administrative law and doping in sport. Administrative law is the specialised area of law concerned with challenging government decisions. The chapter explains how administrative law is applicable to doping decisions at an Australian national level, as doping decisions are made by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, a body created by and exercising its powers under a Commonwealth Act. The authors detail the different options for challenging a doping decision in Australia using administrative law, which include merits review by a tribunal and judicial review or an appeal conducted by a court. At an international level, administrative law’s fundamental concepts are reflected and embedded into the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s Code and Rules, and also the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Code. The centrally applicable concept is procedural fairness (sometimes referred to as natural justice or due process) which requires all administrative decisions to be made by an unbiased decision-maker following a fair hearing. The chapter concludes that administrative law principles can provide much beneficial guidance to doping decision-makers that will assist in improved decision-making, as well as providing a possible basis for affected individuals and entities to challenge doping decisions.

Keywords: Administrative Law, Sport, Doping

JEL Classification: K00, K19

Suggested Citation

Bedford, Narelle and Weeks, Greg, Doping in Sport: What Role for Administrative Law? (April 26, 2016). Ulrich Haas and Deborah Healey (eds), Doping in Sport: An In-Depth Analysis of Impact (Hart, 2016), UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2016-65, Available at SSRN:

Narelle Bedford

Bond University ( email )

Gold Coast, QLD 4229

Greg Weeks (Contact Author)

ANU Law School ( email )

ANU College of Law
5 Fellows Road
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2600
6125 5420 (Phone)


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