As a world-class provider of legal education, the College of Law at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) recently launched their first online course via the edX learning platform.

Navigating Legal and Commercial Aspects of Sports introduced the audience to the dynamic and evolving world of sports law. The aim of the course is for students to develop an understanding of key legal and commercial aspects of sports while applying them to actual and hypothetical scenarios involving teams and athletes.

College of Law faculty, all of whom are leading academics in their respective fields, guided the students through the eight-week course. The course started with an overview of sports law, which features HBKU College of Law Professor Zachary Calo, who is a member of the roster of arbitrators of the Qatar Sports Arbitration Foundation.

Other College of Law faculty, including Associate Professor Damilola Olawuyi and Assistant Professor Barry Solaiman as well as Dean Susan L Karamanian, tackled specific subjects such as contracts; torts; the environment, health and safety; labour rights; and ethics, corruption, and transparency. Professor Calo concluded the course with a module on dispute resolution, with another College of Law Professor Ilias Bantekas.

Zachary Calo
Zachary Calo
Damilola Olawuyi
Damilola Olawuyi
Barry Solaiman
Barry Solaiman
Susan Karamanian
Susan Karamanian
Ilias Bantekas
Ilias Bantekas

Enrolment for future sessions is free of charge with each lesson conducted in English. In order to get the best out of the course, students are encouraged to dedicate between one to three hours per week to their studies.

Speaking after the launch, Dean Karamanian said they are delighted to be adding to HBKU’s growing portfolio of edX course offerings. He said that the edX course not only reflects Qatar’s rising profile in sports law and management but also the rapid internationalisation of the business of sport. In doing so, sport has become subject to an increasingly complex, and often misunderstood, web of legal standards. The course untangles this web and highlights how sports law is applied, both in the national and international context.

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