By Christina Broderick
UCC will soon be host to Ireland’s first “Sports Law Clinic”. The launch on 23rd November provided free legal info and advice to anyone who attended.
Sports law related queries for individuals, students, volunteers, athletes and coaches etc. were answered. There are only 2 other sports law clinics in the world. One of these is in Indiana and the other at Harvard University, Boston, both in the USA.
Aisling Parkes & Sean O’Conaill, lecturers @ UCC originally established the project. A spokesperson for the clinic explained that it will offer a pro-bono (free) and confidential service to the University’s sporting sector and the wider community.
Issues such as child protection in a club environment, doping, governance and discipline (procedures) will be dealt with at the clinic. Sports will include but not be limited to GAA, rugby, athletics, soccer and boxing.
We @ O’Donovan and Co. Solicitors would like to wish this venture a massive success and look forward to learning more about it in the future, with a view to exploring the area of sports law in our community.