• Antoine Duval
  • Ben Van RompuyEmail author
Part of the ASSER International Sports Law Series book series (ASSER)


In this introduction to the edited volume, The Legacy of Bosman. Revisiting the relationship between EU law and sport, we provide some background on the aim and methodology of the book. We start by outlining the reasons for exploring the legal and political transformations triggered by the Bosman judgment over the last 20 years and beyond. Most importantly, we argue for a shift in the way the ruling is commonly interpreted. The Bosman decision of the CJEU is widely perceived in the literature and in public opinion as a deregulatory intervention by the Court. This, in our view, is a misconception that necessitates a re-reading of the ruling. We suggest that the Bosman case is displaying a democratic ethos. The duty of justification it imposes on the transnational private regulations of sports governing bodies is of a genuine ‘counter-democratic’ nature. The last part of the introduction offers a short overview of the chapters included in the book.


Bosman EU law Lex sportiva Sports law Free movement Competition law 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European and International Sports LawT.M.C. Asser InstituteThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.T.M.C. Asser InstituutThe HagueThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselBelgium

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