Sydney Law School/ANJeL

Global Sports Law: Hot Topics in Australia and Japan


This symposium is part of Japanaroo, a week-long series of events that is part of an initiative to promote exchange and collaboration between Australia and Japan. This informal panel brings together experts and practitioners in sports law and governance from Japan and Australia, two countries at the forefront of development of global sports law, to discuss the big legal issues currently shaping the sports landscape. The panel examines the governance of sporting organisations and the regulation of labour mobility in the context of a globalised sports world.

The panel will feature presentations from:

Professor Deborah Healey (University of New South Wales) on “Corporate Governance in Australian Sport”;

Professor Healey is the Director of the Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre and the Editor of the Sports Law Journal. She has more than 30 years of experience serving on the boards of major sports governance organizations.

Mr. Shoichi Sugiyama, (Partner, Field-R Law Offices, Tokyo) on “The Transfer System in Nippon Professional Baseball”;

Mr. Sugiyama counsels the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association and the Japan Sports Arbitration Agency (the independent dispute resolution body for sport-related disputes in Japan). He has lectured widely on sports law in Japan.

Dr. Matt Nichol (Lecturer, Central Queensland University, (Melbourne)) on “Global Labour Mobility and Nippon Professional Baseball: Murakami to Nomo, Ichiro and Ohtani”.

Dr. Nichol’s research uses approaches to labour law and regulatory theory to understand the regulation of labour in professional team sports. Dr. Nichol’s specialty is in domestic and global labour regulation and labour mobility in baseball and he is on the board of directors of Baseball Victoria.

Moderator: Mr. Micah Burch, Senior Lecturer, Sydney Law School.