Lecturer: Richard Redman (2015)

What is the course about?

This course will examine the international anti-doping framework in the context of existing laws, case determinations and other important policy developments. The course will cover some of the fundamental principles governing the international regulation of anti-doping in sport, including a study of the content and operation of major international arrangements such as the World Anti-Doping (WADA) Code and the Court of Arbitrqation for Sport (CAS). It will also consider major similarities and differences between international systems and those used domestically in Australia.

Why does the subject interest you?

The regulation of doping in sport comprises both ethical and commercial issues. Throughout this course, students will learn about the WADA Code; the role of governments and sporting bodies in regulating drugs in sport; the impact of the CAS; testing procedures; burdens and standards of proof; the right of a hearing; sanctions; and other important topical and social issues, including recent local anti-doping matters in Australia.

Do you have any advice for students who are interested in the course?

Students in this course will benefit from having a general interest in legal issues concerning sports law, international law, alternative dispute resolution and ethical legal decision making. Students in this course are encouraged to challenge why the anti-doping system is established the way that it is, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the regime.

How will this course be relevant in the future?

Recent Australian experience highlights that the area of doping in sport and sporting integrity in general are burgeoning areas of law.  This course will provide an insight to students hoping to practice in these areas.