Antti Aine: Sports law guarantees fair conduct by sports associations

Sports law is a growing field where research impacts the life of both young people and top athletes. Antti Aine is the recently appointed professor of the field at the University of Helsinki.

What are your research topics?

I study legal questions related to sports from several different perspectives. My research focuses, among other things, on the legal status of athletes and the ability of public officials to regulate sports in order to attain societal goals. I also investigate the legal framework of sports organisation operations.

Where and how does the topic of your research have an impact?

Sports organisations, such as various sporting associations, can through their rules and decisions have a significant impact on the training and competing opportunities of everyone involved in sports. Their impact ranges from juniors to top athletes.

In terms of sports law, it is interesting to study what kind of legal preconditions can be set for the activities of these associations. Such research can focus on the rules and decisions that impact the opportunities of children and adolescents to transfer between memberships or the preconditions of associations to conduct financial cooperation with various partners.

What is particularly inspiring in your field right now?

Sports law is a growing and developing field of law, which makes structuring the general theories of the field a necessary research focus. This entails the promotion of discourse on the founding principles of sports law.

At the same time, researchers must examine tangible legal issues associated with sports, such as the functioning of the sports market, as well as the status of fundamental and human rights in sports.


Antti Aine is the professor of sports law at the Faculty of Law, a professorship shared with the University of Turku.

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