We are delighted to invite you to the launch of the Manchester Centre for Law in Society based within Manchester Law School
4.15pm Registration and networking with mince pies etc.
5.00pm Welcome to the launch of the Manchester Centre for Law in Society by Catherine Little (Head of Manchester Law School
5.10pm Introduction to the work of the Manchester Centre for Law in Society, Dr Annapurna Waughray
5.25pm Introduction to Professor Mark James’ inaugural lecture, Professor Guy Osborn (University of Westminster)
5.30pm So, What is Sports Law? Professor Mark James (Centre Director)
6.15pm Wine reception with canapés
Manchester Centre for Law in Society
Manchester Centre for Law in Society has been created to act as a focal point for legal research at Manchester Metropolitan University. It will support the creation and dissemination of internationally excellent research that supports the development of the regional, national and international communities in which it is located. MCLS draws together researchers from different research traditions working across a diverse range of subject areas including discrimination and equality, body image, families, European and international law, professional practice and sports. Working closely with the Sylvia Pankhurst Centre for Gender Research, it will promote the legal research of Manchester Law School and the Faculty of Business and Law.
So, what is Sports Law?
Working in an emergent area of legal research, teaching and practice, the most common question that is asked of those who work in this field is, ‘So, what is Sports Law?’ In this lecture, Professor Mark James will trace the development of Sports Law from its being ‘an inappropriate context for the study of law’ through discussions of whether there exists a separate field of study, Sports Law, to the development of lex sportiva. Drawing on leading cases and personal experience, the lecture will provide an insight into the creation of a new legal field.
Professor Mark James is Director of Research in Manchester Law School and Director of the Manchester Centre for Law in Society. Mark is one of the UK’s leading sports law researchers and has a particular interest in the interaction of the criminal law with sporting events and Olympic law. He has written extensively on player injuries, football disorder and ambush marketing at the Olympics. He is currently examining the legal regulation of ticketing and ticket touting with Prof Guy Osborn.
Guy Osborn is Professor of Law at the University of Westminster and Director of the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture. He has conducted research in various areas of law and popular culture, and his publications include Regulating Football (Pluto Press 2001) and Film and the Law (Hart 2010). His current projects include an exploration of the interface between law and lifestyle sports and a number of projects on Olympic law and ticket transactions with Prof Mark James. Guy completed his PhD at Manchester Met under the supervision of Professor Steve Redhead.