Institute of Sport Law
Sport law has become increasingly established as an independent discipline of sport science. The German Sport University Cologne took notice of this development and founded a new institute. This is the first university institution of sport law in Germany and has the only professorship which is exclusively dedicated to sport law – two unique features of the German Sport University Cologne.
The professorship of sport law, which was a department of the Institute of Sport Economics and Sport Management for many years, has been led by Prof. Martin Nolte, JD since 2011. Nolte is a member of the supervisory board of German Sport Marketing, a judge on the German court of arbitration as well as chairman of the Commission of the National Anti-Doping Agency of Germany. Under his direction, regular events on the subject of sport law take place at the German Sport University Cologne, in particular the “Cologne Sport Law Days” in cooperation with the University of Cologne and the “Cologne Sport Law Evenings”.“The research and teaching of the Institute deal with the social, economic and organisational issues of sport with a view to the self-made rules of sport and the (inter)national legal standards and their respective interactions”, says Nolte.
When considering the societal challenges, the head of the Institute names the fight against doping, corruption and violence as well as the protection of health, the role of the media, the promotion of volunteering and the guarantee of equal opportunity in sport.