Call for Papers | Sport&EU 16th Annual Conference | June 16–17, 2022, Lausanne (Switzerland). Call ends January 31, 2022


The 16th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union will take place in Switzerland, in Lausanne – the Olympic Capital since 1994 ( The host of the conference is the University of Lausanne, Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration, and the Institute of Sport Sciences (

Conference papers

We invite Sport&EU members and non-members to submit paper and/or panel proposals that analyse the three broad pillars of EU Sport Policy as defined in the current work plan: Economic impact of sport, social inclusion in and through sport, and sport integrity.

Contributions from diverse disciplines (law, politics, social sciences, philosophy etc.) are accepted. Papers related to the EU and the Olympic Movement, as well as those with an interdisciplinary background are particularly encouraged.

We have identified the following topic priority areas:

      • Institutional dynamics in EU sport policy design and implementation
      • Competition policy and legal issues in sport
      • The integrity and governance of sport
      • Sport policy and politics in non-EU states
      • Equality and diversity in and through sport
      • COVID-19 and its impact on sports governance
      • Online and blended teaching and learning in sport related subjects
      • Olympic movement’s current challenges and opportunities
      • Tribute to Stephane Kesenne

For the 2022 conference delegates will have the opportunity to present two types of papers:

      • Short 10’ papers: presenting new ideas, comments on cases, early work, etc. These papers might be fundamentally empirical, with authors seeking feedback on early analysis, possible follow up or theoretical contribution
      • Full 20’ papers: These should be more elaborate papers and appropriate to an academic context. It is expected that authors include aims, methods, result and discussion

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

The best full papers will be submitted for publication in the International Sport Law Journal ( a peer-reviewed journal of extreme high level, quality indexed in highly appreciated databases such as Scopus, EBSCO, ProQuest, SCImago etc.

Another opportunity is that a paper could be published in the Special Conference Journal (indexed in HeinOnline) or in the Collected Papers of the 16th Sport&EU Conference which will be indexed in HeinOnline and probably Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC), Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) and Scopus.

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. Papers with a gender perspective or a feminist/queer theoretical framework are welcome. For panel proposals, please note that all-male panels will not be accepted.

How to submit your paper or panel proposal

For single paper proposals:

      • Submit a one page abstract (all-inclusive) with standard margins
      • Use 12 point Arial font, single
      • Include the full names of author(s) and institutional
      • You need to indicate (abstracts not indicating these choices will be returned):
          • Whether you are proposing a short of full paper
          • Which of the priority topic areas (see above) your paper belongs
          • Which of the following categories applies to your paper (chose only ONE, see below section 4 for information): Empirical, Conceptual, teaching, or methodology
      • Abstracts should not include figures and tables. Include in-text citations but NOT a list of
      • Abstract should include: Research objectives/questions, methodology, results and discussion of the relevance of your

For panel proposals:

      • Submit a 350-words abstract for the panel plus one abstract (as per the format above) per paper.
      • Please also include the nominated panel convenor and panel chair. Indicate which one of the priority topics your panel falls under
      • All male panel proposals should be avoided, as will be rejected. Panel proposals should include gender diversity in their paper givers. 

Panel and paper proposals should be submitted by email to Deadline for paper proposals is 31 January 2022.

Decisions on accepted papers will be made no later than the end of February 2022.

Accepted full papers will be invited to send the final version of the full paper for consideration in the publications mentioned above. Submission of the full paper for publication is completely optional, not compulsory.

Registration Fee

The Registration fee for the onsite 2022 Conference will be (VAT included, payment details to follow by the end of March 2022):

      • €150 as for a regular fee
      • Early Bird Offer: €100
      • PhD students: €80

Accomodation and social activities

The organisers will offer a conference dinner at the end of the first day in an Olympic Capital location. More information about social events during the conference to follow. Accommodation can be arranged on campus (for instance at, or in town (free transportation in the Lausanne area with your hotel accommodation). Please contact the hotels or More details will be provided in due course.

Paper proposal evaluation process

Abstracts will be peer reviewed. You will receive a decision as soon as possible with feedback to make modifications if needed. The evaluation criteria, for your information, are as follows.

Review criteria for full papers


Work that uses research to test or build theory and concepts, or reports data collected in the context of consultation to a sport organization.

      1. Relevance/significance of the topic to sport management
      2. Review of relevant literature
      3. Clarity of purpose/objectives of the study/timeliness
      4. Appropriate methodology and data analysis
      5. Discussion/implications/applications
      6. Contribution to the body of knowledge


Work that presents new conceptual frameworks or expands existing ones, and which typically does not collect new data.

      1. Relevance/significance of the topic
      2. Review of relevant literature
      3. Clarity of purpose/objectives/timeliness
      4. Quality of theoretical/conceptual framework
      5. Discussion/implications/future directions
      6. Contribution to the body of knowledge


These presentations focus on classroom methods or innovations. The purpose of these presentations is to acquaint academics and practitioners with new methods or procedures that have proven useful in the classroom.

      1. Relevance/significance of the topic to sport management instructors
      2. Review of relevant literature
      3. Clarity of purpose/objectives of the presentation
      4. Potential for impact on teaching quality
      5. Originality of teaching innovations suggested
      6. Contribution to the body of knowledge


Methodology presentations focus on new methods or innovative applications of established methods for sport related research. These may be illustrated with empirical examples, but the empirical component in this case should be intended to illustrate the method.

      1. Relevance/significance of the topic to sport management
      2. Review of relevant literature
      3. Clarity of purpose/objectives of the presentation
      4. Potential for impact on sport management research
      5. Originality in sport management of suggestions in presentation
      6. Contribution to the body of knowledge
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