On Overlapping Legal Orders: What is the ‘Purely Sporting’ Rule?

  • Stephen Weatherill
Part of the ASSER International Sports Law Series book series (ASSER)


This paper examines the overlap of two legal orders. One is the legal order established by the EC Treaty. The other is the legal order which governs sport – a set of rules established by sports federations whose decisions have such profound consequences for the functioning of sport that it is not misleading to label them ‘law’ despite their formal source as private arrangements. Put another way, this paper’s concern is to explore the relationship between EC law as a basis for controlling sport from ‘outside’ and the network of governance which regulates sport from ‘within’.


Legal Order Club Football National Team Treaty Provision Sport Federation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Somerville CollegeOxfordUK

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