HBKU Law College Launches Online Sports Law Course


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

Navigating the legal and commercial aspects of sport introduces a broad audience to the dynamic and evolving world of sports law. Students of the course will develop an understanding of key legal and business aspects of sport while applying them to real and hypothetical scenarios involving teams and athletes.

Professors at the College of Law, all of whom are leading academics in their respective fields, guide students through the eight-week course. The course begins with an overview of sports law, with law professor Zachary Calo, who teaches sports law at HBKU and is a member of the Qatar Sports Arbitration Foundation’s roster.

Subsequently, other professors at the College of Law, including Associate Professor Damilola Olawuyi and Assistant Professor Barry Solaiman as well as Dean Susan L Karamanian, address specific topics. These include contracts; Environment, Health and Safety; labor rights; and ethics, corruption and transparency. Professor Calo concludes the course with a module on Dispute Resolution, to which Professor Ilias Bantekas of the College of Law also contributed.

Registration for future sessions is free for each lesson taught in English. In order to get the most out of the course, students are encouraged to devote between one and three hours per week to their studies.

Speaking after the launch, Dean Karamanian (photo) said: “We are delighted to add to HBKU’s growing portfolio of edX course offerings. Navigating the legal and commercial aspects of sport reflects not only Qatar’s growing profile in sports law and management, but also the rapid internationalization of the sports business. In doing so, sport has become the subject of an increasingly complex and often misunderstood web of legal norms. This course disentangles this web and highlights how sports law is applied, both in the national and international context.


Nancy I. Romero

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