Professor J.H.H. Weiler

Spring 2018
Tuesday, 12:00-1:50 p.m.
Furman Hall, Room 316

2 Credits

Football (Soccer) is by far the most popular sport world wide. It is also a multi billion business of considerable political import. In recent years it has been shaken by scandal of both financial and political nature as a quick Google search will evidence. The governance of this Sport at the transnational level is interestingly one of the few cases of such import which is not the classical intergovernmental model -- raising delicate issues of legality, legitimacy, democracy and transparency.

This colloquium will explore the foundations and complexities of the transnational governance of sport, through the study of FIFA and the global football system. Central issues will include, for example: the structure and challenges of international "football federalism"; the distinctive nature of sport and its implications for legal rules designed to regulate economic activity; the demands and limits of democracy in the governance of sport; the conceptual, legal, and practical difficulties of operating "transfer systems" for individual players; the significance of political neutrality and the intergovernmental geopolitics of sport governance; adjudication and the unique role of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; and the similarities and differences between FIFA and other global sport authorities like the International Olympic Committee, the International Tennis Federation, and the International Cricket Council.

The Colloquium will involve both classroom work by participants as well as encounters with football leaders including players, trainers (hopefully) owners and other stakeholders.


Guest Speaker Sessions (12pm in Furman Hall, 316)

Tuesday, 20 March 2018: Arnout Geeraert, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Leuven International and European Studies (LINES), University of Leuven, Belgium and author, “The EU in International Sports Governance: A Principal-Agent Perspective on EU Control of FIFA and UEFA”

Tuesday, 27 March 2018: Miguel Poiares Maduro, Professor, Director of the Global Governance Programme, European University Institute and former chairman of the FIFA Governance Committee

Tuesday, 3 April 2018: Dr. Cornel Borbély, Attorney and former Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee

Tuesday, 10 April 2018: Navanethem "Navi" Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (2008 – 2014) and Governance Committee Member of FIFA

Tuesday, 17 April 2018: Evan Norris, Counsel, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Director of the United States Justice Department’s FIFA Task Force

Tuesday, 24 April 2018: Petros Mavroidis, Edwin B. Parker Professor of Foreign and Comparative Law, Columbia Law School and Professor of European Union and World Trade Organization (WTO) Law at the University of Neuchâtel

Please email if you would like to attend any of these sessions.