Regulation of Global Sport

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Neighbouring so many global sport organisations in the “Olympic Capital City”, the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration of the University of Lausanne proposes with partners from 2020, a new executive education certificate in the Regulation of Global sport.

In the 20th century sport has evolved from a passion for a few gentlemen to a global phenomenon involving millions of men and women as practitioners, spectators and/or consumers. In the 21st century sport is fully globalised and requires ever increasing amount of regulation that is both progressive and adaptable.

Domestic (hard) laws are to be considered alongside transnational sporting rules (soft laws). Challenges of global sport such as integrity, credibility and sustainability require the close cooperation of many stakeholders: national and international sports organisations, the local, national and international public sector, NGOs, and commercial entities (sponsors, broadcasters, network providers, event organisers). The ecosystem of global sport is more and more complex and requires a good understanding of its legal and geopolitical dimensions, as well as the multi-faceted challenges it faces. Sport regulation has, of course, a legal dimension but also social, economic and political dimensions which are analysed in the course (SELP model).

This new certificate is organised around three consecutive modules/weeks of blended learning, each under the responsibility of one of the schools of the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration of the University of Lausanne:

  • The ecosystem of global sport (under the responsability of the School of Public Administration IDHEAP)
  • Laws of global sport (under the responsability of the School of Law)
  • Challenges in global sport (under the responsabilty of the School of Criminal Justice)

Each module is composed of one week of teaching (face-to-face or on line) under the responsibility of UNIL professors who can invite guest lecturers and lead group work activities and Q&A sessions. The face-to-face days in Lausanne can be combined with a weekend. The teaching is in English. Participants are encouraged to study and present at the end of the course a case of global sport regulation in order to obtain the certificate of advanced studies attached to the course (15 ECTS credits).

  • to know the different global sport stakeholders, their autonomy and their collaborative governance, and the peculiar ecosystem in which they take part
  • to understand the global sporting regulations based on domestic, European and international (hard) laws, and/or transnational sporting rules (soft laws),
  • to reflect upon the possible evolution of global sport regulations thanks to the models and current issues facing global sport presented in the course.
Target audience

The programme is intended for participants who have a first university degree in a relevant field, or who manage (units of) global sport organisations and are faced with the challenges of global sport involving domestic (hard) laws and transnational sporting codes (soft laws). The CAS ReGS prepares its participants to become highly skilled experts and managers of global sport in  international organisations, multinational companies, law firms, courts, consultancies, NGOs and academia. A few seats are reserved for university graduates in career transition with relevant profiles and foreign participants who follow the Master in International Business Law.


Below is a photo of the 2020 class with the four UNIL professors who are members of the scientific committee of the course (picture taken from Zoom during the pandemics).


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"J'ai apprécié la diversité et la polyvalence des participants, leur esprit d'équipe et la qualité des intervenants" Dr. Stéphane Montavon, CAS ReGS 2020 graduate

Speakers (subject to modifications)

Module 1 | The ecosystem of global sport

Lecturers: UNIL Profs. Emmanuel Bayle, Jean-Loup Chappelet, Markus Lang, Martin Müller, Martial Saugy, Marjolaine Viret + external practitioners and experts

Module 2 | The laws of global sport

Lecturers: UNIL Profs. Andrea Bonomi, Francesco Maiani, Despina Mavromati, Edgar Philippin + external practitioners and experts.

Module 3 | The challenges in global sport

Lecturers: UNIL Profs. Stefano Caneppele, Véronique Boillet, Christophe Champod, Robert Danon, Sylvain Metille, Laurent Moreillon, Sophie Weerts, Andreas Ziegler + external experts and practitioners

2020 external speakers and experts: Prof. Sébastien Besson, Stéphanie de Dicker, Giovanni di Cola, Philippe Furrer, Aude Gérard, Marc Hovell, Nicolas Jan, Saverio Lembo, Francesco Lima, François Marclay, Miriam Mazou, Jean-Pierre Morand, Shervine Nafissi, Konstantina Orologopoulou, Prof. Richard Parrish, Johann Polewczyk, Thomas Souvignet,  Laura Schoch Valle Poblete, Pim Verschuuren, Prof. Antonio Rigozzi, Howard Stupp, etc.

Program (subject to modifications)

Module 1: 14-18 February 2022 | The ecosystem of global sport
The stakeholders of global sport | The autonomy and governance of global sport | The sustainability of global sport | The regulation of global pro sport | The global anti-doping regulation and actors. 

IDHEAP and other meeting rooms in global sport organisations.

Module 2:  21-25 March 2022 | The laws of global sport
Swiss and European Law and global sport | Sports Arbitration and the Court of  Arbitration for Sport | Sport Contracts (Employment, Sponsoring, Broadcasting).

IDHEAP and other meeting rooms in global sport organisations.

Module 3: 2-6 May 2022 | The challenges in global sport
Integrity and corruption in global sport | Intelligence and investigation in global sport | Criminal law and sport | Forensic analyses in global sport | Human rights and sport
| Data protection and global sport 

IDHEAP and other meeting rooms in global sport organisations

Evaluation: June 2022
All day short presentations of the cases in global sport prepared by the participants and presented to the scientific committee (Profs Bonomi, Bayle, Caneppele and Chappelet).

Teaching methods

Each teaching day whether face-to-face or on-line will be devoted to a precise theme. Participants will be encouraged to raise questions during classes and to prepare for these course days by reading selected texts provided on a course platform. Group work can be organised.

Qualifications and Certificates

The participants who have successfully completed the three modules of the CAS ReGS and an oral presentation of a case of regulation of global sport in front of the Scientific Committee receive a CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) worth 15 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) which can be capitalised in other higher education programmes in Europe. Each module is worth 5 ECTS and can be followed by participants of the Master (LL M) in International Business Law offered by the University of Lausanne (see option Global sport) For any further question, please refer to the LL M Team and contact Professor Andrea Bonomi (

Practical information and Registration

Scientific Committee

Profs. Emmanuel Bayle, Andrea Bonomi, Stefano Caneppele & Jean-Loup Chappelet.

Place, date & time

3 weeks + 1 day from February to June 2022. From 9:00 to 16:30 in IDHEAP bdg and other meeting rooms in sports organisations in Lausanne or nearby.

Admission requirements

Admission are ruled by the scientific committee on a first come first served basis for qualified applicants. Participants must be fluent in English. Knowledge of French is a plus. See the règlement du CAS en régulation du sport mondial.

Registration fees

The fee for each participant is CHF 4’500.- to be paid at least two weeks before the start of the course (on 15th January 2021). If a cancellation is announced after this date, 30% of the course fee is to be paid. It is possible to follow only one or two modules for CHF 1’500.- each.

A discount of 5% is available to any IDHEAP alumni-holding an MPA, DAS or CEMAP, an IDHEAP PhD or a Master’s in PMP who would like to follow a CAS course or a Seminar for Specialists and Executives organised by IDHEAP. This reduction does not apply to participants in the DAS in public administration who subsequently wish to follow the MPA course.


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Registering as soon as possible is advised


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