Review: Restoring Trust in Sport: Corruption Cases and Solutions

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Restoring Trust in Sport: Corruption Cases and Solutions (Routledge, 2021), edited by leading Australian scholar Dr Catherine Ordway, is a valuable and engaging addition to the literature on sport, regulation, crime and entertainment. As such it will be of interest to lawyers with a commercial or human rights focus, sports administrators, criminologists, and people who provide services in the sports sector. In 259 pages the collection examines significant corruption cases in different sports and jurisdictions, alongside measures taken to reduce further harm or risk of recurrence. It has an international scope, with case study material from Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Inspired by the idea of ‘moral repair’, thoughtfully explored by the editor in the final chapter, it engages with salient contemporary issues such as match-fixing, whistleblowing, bribery, licit/illict gambling, good governance at a sport and international level, and bidding for major events. Political scientists and sociologists rather than sports law specialists will appreciate the examination of loss of trust at national and international levels, including sophisticated use of on-field and off-field examples across Olympic, professional (including ‘major leagues’) and amateur sports. It represents both a substantive contribution to current debate about why corruption occurs in sport and a source of reflection on best professional practice. The analysis in each chapter is deepened by useful bibliographies that have an admirably contemporary and interdisciplinary focus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-113
Number of pages3
JournalCanberra Law Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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