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Reform of Legal Framework Regulating Sports in the Republic of Serbia
Reform of Legal Framework Regulating Sports in the Republic of Serbia

Author(s): Dejan Šuput
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Law on Economics
Published by: Institut za uporedno pravo
Keywords: sport; regulatory reform; legal framework; privatization; sports organizations
Summary/Abstract: Within the ongoing Sports System reform process, The Republic of Serbia is faced with a new legal challenge that is both demanding and complex. This challenge can be viewed as a necessity to reorganize, modernize and strengthen the sports system and to adjust it to new legal and technical standards arising from modern sports practice, rules of international sports associations, Council of Europe conventions and relevant European Union regulations. Besides that, forthcoming privatization of sports organizations, public enterprises and sports facilities that are currently stately owned is a very specific and highly demanding legal and managerial problem. Legal ground for resolution of that problem should be provided by the provisions of the future law on sports which is currently being drafted. Generally speaking, legal framework regulating sports system and sports activities in the Republic of Serbia is a very interesting research topic, because of the variety of legal, organizational and financial problems that have to be solved in the forthcoming years, in order to organize and establish effective and efficient sports system which would support further development of sports in Serbia and recognize sports activities, not only as a fun and joy, but also as the branch of the economy of the country. Law on Sport which is currently in effect in Serbia is very obsolete, based on a concept of sport system established during the last decades of the 20th century. Because of that, in recent years, Government of the Republic of Serbia tried to draft a new Law on Sport, but the job has never been finished. For Serbia, at the moment of choosing the model for the sports system reform and the reform of legal framework regulating sports system and sports activities, the factor that must be, above all, taken into account is the constitutional/legal concept of the state itself and the experience of other countries in the region, as well as the best legal practice of the Western European countries in that field. New Law on Sport and other sports regulations in Serbia need to be brought into accord with European standards to pave the way for the country’s eventual integration into the European Union and the example of other transitional countries could be a clue for success.

  • Page Range: 139-156
  • Page Count: 18
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Language: English