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Bosman: A Legacy Beyond Sports
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6009-7412
2016 (English)In: The Legacy of Bosman, Revisiting the relationship between EU law and sport / [ed] Duval, Antoine & Van Rompuy, Ben, T.M.C. Asser Press, 2016, 31-49 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The 1995 Bosman case from the CJEU is one of the most famous judgments ever delivered by the Luxembourg court. It is well-known in sport- ing contexts, but this article takes the discussion beyond that area, demonstrating Bosman’s importance in other areas of law by using network analysis. This illus- trates that Bosman is an exceptional case, both in its own right and as a source of further cases, citing Bosman directly or indirectly. We also demonstrate that Bosman is primarily cited for four reasons: the jurisdiction of the CJEU in mat- ters of preliminary rulings, the use of the fundamental freedoms against private entities, non-discriminatory obstacles on the internal market and the temporal effects of CJEU judgments. However, when analyzed further it becomes clear that the Bosman case contains few truly original contributions to EU law and largely builds on existing case law to draw important conclusions. Thus, the Court must have other reasons for citing Bosman. Given the characteristics of the case many such reasons are plausible. Bosman is well-written, well-reasoned, well-known and well-connected, making it an excellent source to use in future cases. 

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T.M.C. Asser Press, 2016. 31-49 p.
, ASSER International Sports Law Series
Keyword [en]
The Bosman case, Network analysis, Indegree centrality, PageRank, Betweenness centrality, Embedded cases
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Law (excluding Law and Society)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121637ISBN: 978-94-6265-119-7ISBN: 978-94-6265-120-0OAI: diva2:933288
Available from: 2016-06-03 Created: 2016-06-03 Last updated: 2016-06-03

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