Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide students with a systematic and comprehensive vision of Sports Justice, through the analysis - in the context of an overall view of the issues of sports law - of the different and heterogeneous forms of disputes resolution within the sports legal system, national and international. In particular, will be analysed - with reference to the different types of sports disputes (technical, associative, economic and disciplinary) - the home justice systems of CONI, of the main national sports Federations and of the most important international sports organizations (CIO, UEFA, FIFA, UCI, WADA), the relative regulations, as well as the type and functioning of the respective sports Justice Bodies. Particular attention will then be given to the relationship between the State Jurisdiction and Sports Justice, through the study of the main instruments of subjection of the cardholders to the effectiveness of the decisions of the sports Justice Bodies and the analysis of their relevance and effectiveness for the State order.

Course contents

1. Sports justice

2. The relationship between State jurisdiction and Sports justice

3. The bond of Sports justice

4. The different forms of disputes resolution inside the national and international sports legal system

4. The different types of sports disputes: technical disputes; association disputes; economic disputes; disciplinary disputes

5. The bodies of Sports justice: composition, competence and functioning

6. CONI's sports justice system

7. The CONI’s Anti-Doping Court

8. The Sports justice system of the main national sports Federations

9. The sporting process in football: the Code of Sports Justice of F.I.G.C. and the different typology of processes

10. From the endofederal disciplinary proceeding to the "due sports process of law": the evolution of the Italian Sports justice system passing through the "Calcipoli" trial


P. SANDULLI, Principi e problemi di giustizia sportiva, Aracne, 2018.


M. SANINO, Giustizia sportiva, CEDAM, 2016.

Teaching methods

The Course will be articulated both in the carrying out of conventional lessons in the classroom*, with a significant students involvement, and through meetings with qualified sector experts for the deepening of the most relevant issues of the subject.

Teaching deals with related to objectives set by UNESCO in doc. "Education for Sustainable Development Goals”

Assessment methods

The final exam will be held in oral form and the evaluation will be expressed out in thirtieths.

The exam will focus on the entire program of the Course as indicated in the "Program and contents" section and will aim to verify the students' learning of the fundamental concepts covered by the course.

A minimum of two or three questions will be addressed to the examiner, initially of a more general nature, with any subsequent requests for clarification and in-depth analysis of more specific topics that emerged during the course of the exhibition.

The vote will be parameterized as follows:

18-20: sufficient knowledge of the institutes, only partially appropriate technical terminology, modest ability to connect between the institutes;

21-24, good knowledge of the institutes, mastery of terminology and technical language, ability to connect between the institutes;

25-29, good knowledge of institutes, relevant mastery of technical terminology, accentuated ability to connect between institutes;

30-30L excellent knowledge of institutes, mastery of a constant and appropriate technical language, excellent ability to connect between institutes.

Attending students (with verified attendance for at least 80% of the lessons) will be able to replace, in whole or in part, the oral exam, by agreement with the teacher, with the preparation and discussion of a written in-depth essay on one of the topics covered in class, which will be agreed with the teacher. 

The criteria for evaluating and setting the grade for the thesis are the same as those indicated for the oral exam.

Teaching tools

For the purpose of examining specific topics of the Course, additional teaching materials will be reported during the lessons (articles, notes to the sentence, jurisprudence) in addition to the texts indicated in the specific section of this page.

The teaching material indicated in lesson will be made available to students for online consultation and will be accessible using the appropriate links contained in the Teaching page of the professor's website and on this page

Office hours

See the website of Mario Zoppellari


Good health and well-being Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.