Call for Papers

Sport & EU - 18th Annual Conference

Date: Tuesday, 25 - Wednesday, 26 June 2024
Conveners: Sport&EU, ESSCA EU*Asia Institute (Professor Albrecht Sonntag)
Venue: ESSCA Angers (1 rue Lakanal, Angers, France) & Online

Submission deadline extended until Friday, 16 February 2024.

As each year, the Sport&EU conference strives to have a distinctly multi-disciplinary character. Papers are invited to cover a wide variety of priority areas:

The three pillars of EU Sport Policy:

  • Economic impact of sport
  • Social inclusion in and through sport (inc. issues of diversity and equality)
  • Sport integrity (incl. governance, management and business issues)

With regards to recent and current developments of international sport:

  • Sport and Peace / Sport and Development / Sport and Human Rights
  • Opportunities and limits in (European) sport diplomacy (incl. sanctions)
  • Sports mega-events: bidding processes and hosting challenges
  • Specific issues concerning the Paris Olympics or the Euro2024 in Germany
  • Environmental sustainability in sport
  • Gender perspectives, feminist and queer theories in sport

And, of course, a list of traditional Sport&EU topics:

  • Legal issues in European sport and the impact on sport of recent rulings of the CJEU
  • EU sport policy design and implementation
  • Physical activity and physical exercise: EU achievements

Submission Guidelines

For the 2024 conference delegates will have the opportunity to present two types of papers:

  • Short 10’ papers:
    floating new ideas, commenting on cases, seeking feedback at early stages of work, etc.
  • Full 20’ papers:
    More elaborate papers of academic nature, including research objectives, methods, results and discussion.

Please indicate in your abstract what format you wish to adopt.

Paper proposals (both short and full) will be reviewed by a Scientific Committee of the Sport&EU Association.

Following our traditional policies of equality and diversity, Sport&EU encourages PhD students and young career academics to submit their proposals for this conference. Equally, we specially encourage female and non-binary academics to submit their proposals. For panel proposals, please note that all-male panels will not be accepted.

How to submit your paper or panel proposal

For individual paper proposals:

  • Submit a one-page abstract with standard margins (no tables or charts, no bibliography).
  • Submit in WORD format, single spaced, using the classical 12-point Arial font.
  • Include the full names of author(s) and their institutional affiliation.
  • Include contact email of the corresponding author
  • Please indicate clearly:
    • whether you are proposing a short of full paper;
    • which of the priority topic areas your paper belongs to.
  • Each abstract must include the following sections: research objectives/questions, methodology, (preliminary) results and relevance of findings.
  • Note that abstracts not following these guidelines will be returned to the authors.

For pre-established panel proposals:

  • Submit a 350-words abstract for the panel plus one abstract (respecting the format above) per paper.
  • Please also include the nominated panel convenor, panel chair and discussant (if applicable). Indicate which one of the priority topics your panel falls under.
  • As mentioned above, all-male panel proposals will be rejected.
  • Note that abstracts not following these guidelines will be returned to the authors.

Panel and paper proposals should be submitted by email to

Submission deadline extended until Friday, 16 February 2024.

Decisions on accepted papers and panels will be made no later than 28 February 2024.

Click here to download the call for papers (.pdf)

Publication opportunities:

Presenters of accepted full papers may submit a final version for publication in the Journal of Sports Law, Sports Policy and Sports Diplomacy (, which works in partnership with Sport&EU. Another opportunity for publication will be the International Sport Law Journal ( a peer-reviewed high-level journal, quality-indexed in prominent databases such as Scopus, EBSCO, ProQuest, SCImago etc.

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