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Lex Sportiva and New Materialism

PhD project within the Industrial Doctoral School.

Alexander is a doctoral student focusing on sports law. His specializes in critical legal theory, with a particular interest in new materialist and posthumanist legal theory.

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

International sports governance finds itself in the midst of things. Climate and ecological emergencies, gender, and wealth inequalities, the COVID-19 pandemic foregrounds the fact that there is no outside but only an inside. In a world of turbulence and increasingly visible human-nonhuman entanglement, what has been taken for granted no longer remains natural or unchangeable. The current era necessitates collaborative action departing from colonialist, anthropocentric, patriarchal, and capitalist ways.

The overarching plan of the project is to contribute to an improved comprehension of how the contemporary transnational private legal regime governing global sport (the lex sportiva) is produced and to provide means for critique of the latter. The project investigates the emergence of different instances of the lex sportiva from a new materialist/posthuman perspectives.



Latest update: 2023-08-24