The Law and You Forum: Is Sport Playing by the Rules?

Please note: A live stream of this event will be available from 6 pm. You can view the stream here.

Sport has its own codes of behaviour and its own judicial processes – which at times seem at odds with the general community. Issues like assault, bullying, drugs and discrimination can be managed differently on the field and off.

Some sports play by their own rules – but is the pressure mounting for greater alignment between behaviours and cultures in sport and what’s acceptable elsewhere?

The Victoria Law Foundation’s The Law and You Forum presents a topic of broad public interest, and this year, we explore the state of play in sport: where does it differ from community standards? Where is it off the pace? And where is it more progressive?

We’ll bring together a panel of lawyers and commentators for a lively and insightful conversation about sport and the law.


Associate Professor Kate Seear

Academic Director Springvale Monash Legal Service; Law academic at Monash University; Outer Sanctum podcast

Read Assoc. Prof. Kate Seear's bio here

Professor Russell Hoye

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), La Trobe University; Director, La Trobe Sport

Read Prof. Russell Hoye's bio here

Doctor Bridie O'Donnell

Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation; physician and champion cyclist

Read Dr. Bridie O'Donnell's bio here

Rob Stary

Defence lawyer; Business and Law Adjunct Professor, Victoria University

Read Rob Stary's bio here


Lynne Haultain

Executive Director of Victoria Law Foundation

The Law and You Forums are community events that explore areas of law that affect Victorians and their lives. The forums are hosted by Victoria Law Foundation.

Event information

Event date 
Wednesday 24 Oct 2018 – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Deakin Edge
1 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000




Tel: 03 9604 8100


Bookings essential
This page was last updated on October 26, 2018