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International Master in Sports Law



Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea’s Master in Sports Law, LLM is aimed at law graduates from all around the world who want to develop their professional careers in the field of international sports law. The program offers students a solid knowledge of the organization of sports, their rules and regulations and their dispute resolution mechanisms.



Alcobendas 60 ECTS
Start: 22 oct. 2022 Title issued by Universidad Europea de Madrid
9 months School of Sports Sciences
Private degree Real Madrid Graduate School - Universidad Europea


Why studying this Masters Degree in Sports Law?


Take advantage of the opportunity to study a distinct international programme that enables you to succeed as a sports lawyer in international federations, law firms, sports clubs, professional leagues, anti-doping organisations and sports representation agencies.


Academic quality

The academic study plan of this programme has been developed by a committee of expects, including leading professionals, Universidad Europea professors and Real Madrid F.C. professionals.


Professional orientation

You'll have the chance to complete internships in the legal department at Real Madrid F.C. (the club offers a limited number of placements) or in international law firms, institutions and international federations. Among these are: Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo, Laffer, Sportia Law, and the International Triathlon Union.


Renowned teaching staff

All of our lecturers and professors are involved in international sports law activities, working for leading law firms in the sports and entertainment world or first tier sports entities such as Real Madrid F.C., FIFA, UEFA and more.


Live the Real Madrid experience

Enjoy exclusive experiences with Real Madrid F.C., including the White Week event, professional visits, live sporting events and networking 'events'.


International and specialised networking

That results in a high level of employability, especially since you will share this experience with colleagues and professors from more than 50 nationalities.


A prestigious school

The School’s academic quality is certified by its 14-year history and 11,000 graduates, most of whom are now successful international professionals in the sports industry.


Real moot court courses

During this program you will have the chance to live real experiences about a real trial at the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS or TAS, as per French: Tribunal d’Arbitrage du Sport), the biggest international regulation organism in International Sports. The judges and professionals of CAS travel to Madrid to participate in these unique courses together with professional from international sport organizations.


1 International trip

Enjoy a unique trip to Switzerland where you'll visit international sports entities, such as FIFA and UEFA, and meet with their executives.

100% Students

All of the students will experience moot court proceedings

100% Professors

All the teachers are involved in sports law projects or activities in their daily lives

Study Plan




The International Master in Sports Law, LLM at Universidad Europea – Real Madrid Graduate School is aimed at students looking to boost their legal career in the sports sector.

Developed by a committee of experienced legal experts, the programme allows students to slowly immerse themselves in the sports world before moving towards a detailed study surrounding sports law.

All of our lecturers and professors are involved in international sports law activities, offering our students a true vision of professional practice as international lawyers, sport arbitrators, football club managers and leaders.

Students will have the opportunity to learn and practise first-hand how to carry out a procedure before FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber and the subsequent appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Assisted and advised by international lawyers, they will experience such proceedings and have the chance to defend their cases before a panel composed by real arbitrators in a courtroom.

Our hands-on learning methodology allows students to learn in practise-based environment from day one. Candidates study leading cases on sports law, take part in moot courts, and get involved in forums and discussions with fellow students and professors, creating strong professional links along the way.

The programme also offers the chance to visit some of the world’s leading sports organisations and bodies, such as FIFA, UEFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Students will have a chance to complete internships in the legal department at Real Madrid F.C.—the club offers a limited number of placements—or in international law firms, institutions and international federations. Among these are: Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo, Laffer, Sportia Law and the International Triathlon Union.


Module 1. Organization of sport institutions


  • International organization of sports.
  • The Olympic committee, international federations, atp, gaisf, and others.
  • New trends and current status of the sports market.
  • The word anti-doping agency.
  • Court of arbitration for sports.
  • National federations, professional leagues.
  • The relationship between international and national institutions.
  • FIFA as an example of football governing body. Organization and daily functioning of FIFA.
  • International triathlon union as a model of organization and daily fuctioning of a medium-sized federation.
  • Euroliga, fiba, national federations.
  • UEFA, Role played by Confederations.


Module 2. Lex Sportiva. Sources of sports law. Who and how draft governing sports law.


  • Rules and regulations on international sports institutions.
  • European union law.
  • National sports law.
  • The relationship between different legal sports law systems.
  • FIFA and word antidoping agency as models of sports lawmakers.


Module 3. Dispute resolution within sports


  • Coexistence of conflict resolution systems in the framework of sports. Ordinary courts versus alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • Alternative dispute resolution within international federations.
  • The court of arbitration for sports. Ordinary proceedings. Appeal proceedings. Ad hoc division of CAS.
  • Alternative dispute resolution within national federation.


Module 4. Organisation of sporting events and good governance


  • International Negotiation.
  • Organization of sports events, Triathlon.
  • Organization of sports events, Formula 1.
  • Organization of Sports events, Moto GP, Moto2 and Moto3.
  • Organization of Sports events, Tennis.
  • Good Governance, the Role Played by ASOIF.
  • Implementation of Good Governance Policies within international federations.
  • Good Governance, compliance and sports integrity within FEI.
  • FIFA Integrity and Good Governance.
  • Good Governance within a Football Club.


Module 5. International anti-doping


  • International Fight against doping. The main actors: WADA and ITA.
  • Analysis of world anti-doping code.
  • Analysis of leading cases in anti-doping matters before the court of arbitration for sports.


Module 6. International taxation on athletes


  • Three general ways to define tax borders.
  • The concurrence of fiscal sovereignties. Double taxation conventions. The oecd convention.
  • Taxation of individual athletes performing their activity in countries other than those of their residence.
  • Taxation of athletes integrated into teams. The importance of the tax residence.
  • Special reference to the taxation of the assignment of image rights.


Module 7. Swiss law and football sport law


  • Professional Football contracts: Club prospective.
  • Professional Football contracts: International Sports Lawyer prospective.
  • Agents and Intermediaries, from a regulatory point of view.
  • Agents and Intermediaries. Practical vision from an agent.
  • Swiss law.
  • FIFA rules and regulations on status and transfers of players.
  • FIFA Disciplinary and Ethics.
  • UEFA Disciplinary.
  • UEFA Financial Fair Play.
  • Intellectual property within a Club.


Module 8. Proceedings before the court of arbitration for sport


  • History and main features of the court of arbitration for sports.
  • General provisions applicable to arbitration proceedings before cas.
  • Special provisions applicable to ordinary arbitration procedures and special provisions applicable to appeal procedures.
  • Civil law appeals against cas awards.
  • Enforcement of cas awards. FIFA disciplinary proceedings and New York convention.
  • Leading cases before cas. Contractual stability, doping matters, eligibility, transfer of minors.
  • E-Sports.
  • Sports Radar.
  • Broadcasting rights from a club prospective.


Module 9. Moot Court and Internship


Module 10. Masters Thesis


Employability and Internships


Internships in companies are a key element in your education. Acquiring experience and putting into practice what you have learned on your degree is the best way to enter the labor market. There are two types of internship, curricular (which are included as part of your program) and extracurricular (which you can do on a voluntary basis).

The Master Degree in Sports Law offers you the chance to enjoy interships in some of the most renowned law firms in the world of Sports Law, such as: Sportia Law, Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo Abogados, Bicchara & Motta Advogados, Laffer... and also in several sports entities, amongst them Real Madrid C.F.

In order to carry out an internship in a company, you’ll need to have passed 50% of your credits and register before you start the internship. Both the company and a professor on your course will monitor your progress on the internship as well as providing an evaluation at the half way mark and upon completion.

If you want to gain extra work experience before finalizing your university studies, you are welcome to carry out extracurricular internships. You can carry them out in whichever year of your studies you choose but we remind you that internships are formative and should complement your studies. The more theoretical knowledge you have acquired throughout your degree, the more you will benefit from the internships.


Professional oportunities

This programme will offer you unique professionals opportunities, including an exclusive and international network thanks to the presence of more than 50 nationalities in the classroom. The interaction between professionals and students provides incredible professional opportunities.

Additionally, the programme offers students the possibility to complete professional internships in several of the most renowned law firms in the world of sports law. Some students are assigned to work in the legal department of Real Madrid F.C., and others will enjoy internships in other leading sports entities.

With comprehensive training, students will acquire the knowledge and tools necessary to work in international federations, law firms, sports clubs, professional leagues, anti-doping organisations and sports representation agencies, and will succeed in their international sports law careers.




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