Zurich, Switzerland

International Sports Law

when 1 July 2024 - 19 July 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee CHF 3450

This on-campus Summer School offers unique insights into the legal context in which international sports organizations currently operate as well as into the limits to their autonomy. Participants will also explore the relevance of state law, more particularly of criminal law in sports-related matters.

The focus is on one of the most heavily regulated matters in organised sport, namely the fight against doping. The course will examine in particular the history of anti-doping, the stakeholders involved in anti-doping, the legislative and procedural framework of the sports organisations in the fight against doping, the role and the functioning of criminal and international law related to anti-doping and interdisciplinary aspects of anti-doping.

Participants will be able to put their knowledge into practice in a Moot Court designed specifically for this Summer School, allowing everyone to engage actively with a fictional case in the field of anti-doping and to be judged by professionals.

Course leader

Prof. Gunhild Godenzi and Prof. Ulrich Haas

Target group

Advanced Bachelor students and Master students are encouraged to apply. This summer school is open to all students with a strong interest in the topic. Basic knowledge in legal studies is desirable, but not mandatory. Podcasts and a reading list will be provided before the start of the program to ensure that all students share a common level of knowledge.

Course aim

In this Summer School, you will:

Become acquainted with the (legal) specificities of organized sport
Understand national and international regulatory frameworks
Gain expertise related to the field of anti-doping law and practices as well as dispute resolution by internal tribunals and arbitration
Build knowledge on and understand the relevance and functioning of criminal law
Analyse the leading cases in the field of anti-doping
Actively apply the above to disputes arising in the sports industry related to anti-doping

Credits info

6 EC
In order to get 6 ECTS credits for this Summer School, participants will have to:

Prepare themselves before the start of the summer school with pre-readings and podcasts. Expected workload for this preparation is 5-6 hours (details will be sent to enrolled students by the end of May 2023)
Attend all lectures/sessions, watch all podcasts and participate actively in live sessions
Actively participate in the Moot Court and plead a fictional case

Fee info

CHF 3450: This tuition fee includes all teaching lessons (incl. sessions, podcasts, guest lectures, group assignments, academic trip etc.); participation in our Moot Court; accommodation; an exciting and comprehensive social program that will foster your intercultural competence; and a final certificate and a transcript indicating the credits earned in the program. The program can also be booked without housing (the program fee will be adjusted accordingly).


Generous discounts are offered to students from UZH partner universities, including strategic partners and international networks. Once we have received your full application, we will notify you of any potential discounts available to you.