Sports Law

Law of federations and associations

Advising federations, associations, clubs and leagues on drafting and implementing statutes, rules and regulations is another focal area of our work. The team at Martens Rechtsanwälte has extensive experience in devising comprehensible and legally watertight rules and regulations for various kinds of sports. In this context we have been assisting several international sports bodies for decades to develop, amend and reformulate key rules for individual sports disciplines, including rules of the game and disciplinary rules. Our expertise in this area encompasses anti-doping rules and codes of ethics.

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Notable cases

  • Advising the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on the implementation of a new system of governance
  • Advising FIBA on defining all the rules for the new 3×3 discipline
  • Advising the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) on drafting new statutes, restructuring the federation’s executive bodies and reformulating the rules of the game
  • Advising on the “Basic Agreement” between the Handball Bundesliga and the German National Handball Federation