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Legal framework for sporting solutions to the challenges of commercialization

PhD project within the Industrial Doctoral School.

The normative rule milieu that surrounds sports is complex. It contains both sport rules and legal norms that interact in different ways, at different levels. In addition a number of change processes, such as the commercialization of sport, and interests, affect the regulatory environment. Both those who are interested in sports law from a legal science perspective and those who deal with sports law issues in practical legal life have an interest in being able to navigate this, often difficult, terrain. For actors in the sports field there is also a more general interest.

Head of project

Alexander Krüger
Doctoral student

Project overview

Project period:

2020-09-01 2025-03-01


The Industrial Doctoral School at Umeå University and the Swedish Sports Confederation is financing the project.    

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Law

Research area


Project description

The overarching purpose of the project is to clarify fundamental legal conditions under which the Swedish sports movement can meet challenges in a context characterized by change processes and normative tension. In other words: to help develop an map of an important part of the normative rule milieu that surrounds sports. By elucidating how the legal and sports norm systems interact at different levels within certain areas, the project will contribute new knowledge about the relationship between law and sport.

To fulfill the overarching purpose a range of questions will be asked i.e: How is sports norm system constructed? How can the relationship between the sports norm system and legal equivalents be understood in a transnational legal pluralism context? How does the commercialization of sport affect and challenge lex sportiva? What measures have the sport governing bodies taken to meet these challenges and are the measures compatible with the law? How do legal norms affect fundamental sports principles and values?