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    Dr Andrea Cattaneo is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Law and Criminology at Edge Hill University. He is a graduate from the University of Milan. After graduation, Dr Cattaneo was an intern at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague, in the Department of International and European Sports Law.  In September 2013, he became a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Law and Criminology at Edge Hill University, where he also undertook a PhD on the application of Competition Law to Sports under the supervision of Professor Richard Parrish.  He successfully defended his PhD in 2017 and has joined Edge Hill University in 2018 as a Lecturer in Law. Before joining Edge Hill, Andrea has gained teaching experience with a number of institutions across the UK. Dr Cattaneo is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, having completed his PGCert in 2016.

    Dr Cattaneo has published extensively in the area of European Union Law and Sport, and is a Reviewer for a number of Academic Journals, including the International Sports Law Journal, the European Sport Management Quarterly, the International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing and the Liverpool Law Review.

    Dr Cattaneo is a member of the Centre for Sports Law Research, and a Honorary Member of the Centre for Sports Law, Sports Policy and Sports Diplomacy of the University of Rijeka (Croatia). Dr Cattaneo sits on the Board of Sport & EU Association, the Association for the Study of the European Union and Sport.

    Research interests

    My main Research Interest lies in the intersection between the European Union and sport.



    Andrea Cattaneo and Richard Parrish (2020) Sports Law in the European Union, The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International, pp 246.

    Book Chapters

    Andrea Cattaneo (2018) 'State Aid and Sport' in Anderson, Garcia and Parrish (ed), Research Handbook on EU Sports Law and Policy, Edward Elgar, pp 197 – 227.

    Andrea Cattaneo (2020), ‘I Diritti Audiovisivi nello Sport’ in Centro Studi Diritto dello Sport (ed. ) Manuale di Diritto Sportivo, Giappichelli.

    Andrea Cattaneo, Vanja Smokvina (2020), ‘The Regulation of Football Agents’ in Anuario de Derecho Deportivo.

    Andrea Cattaneo (2021), ‘Brexit, Sport and EU State Aid Law’ in Kornbeck (ed.) Sport and Brexit: regulatory challenges and legacies, Routledge.

    Andrea Cattaneo, Roberto Branco Martins (2022), ‘The Regulation of Sport Agents’ in Nafziger & Gauthier (eds.) Handbook on International Sports Law, Edward Elgar.

    Journal Articles

    Andrea Cattaneo (2012), ‘The Nature of Broadcasting Rights in U.S. and Europe’, in International Sports Law Journal, 2012/1-2, pp. 95 - 101.

    Andrea Cattaneo (2018), ‘Social Dialogue and the Regulatory Power of Governing Bodies’, in International Sports Law Journal, 2018/1-2 pp. 1-9.

    Andrea Cattaneo, Niccolo’ Onesti (2020), ‘La Commissione d’Intermediazione corrisposta all’Agente di Calciatori e il suo Regime IVA nel Diritto e nella Giurisprudenza UE’, in Rivista Diritto ed Economia dello Sport, 2/2020.

    Andrea Cattaneo (2021), ‘International Skating Union v Commission: Pre-authorisation Rules and Competition Law’, in Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, lpab011.

    Research Report

    Parrish, R., Cattaneo, A. et al. (2019) Promoting and Supporting Good Governance in the European Football Agents Industry: EU Funded Research Study.

    Parrish, R., Cattaneo, A. et al. (2021) Promoting a Strategic Approach to EU Sport Diplomacy: EU Funded Research Study.

    External engagement

    Speaking Engagement

    ‘From the Superleague to the Fan-Led Review’, UACES Annual Conference, Lille, September 2022.

    Guest Lecture on Sport Contracts, the EU and the UK at Universitá degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, June 2022.

    Invited Guest Lecture at the M.A. International Sport Development and Politics at the German Sport University, Cologne, November 2021.

    Invited Speaker at the Sport Sciences Research Institute of Iran, June 2021.

    Guest Lecture at the University of Lausanne, CAS Regulation of global sport, March 2021.

    Guest Lecture at the Birkbeck International Sports Law Module, MSc, May 2020.

    Guest Lecture at the ELSA Winter Law School, Innsbruck, February 2020.

    Invited to Chair Conference Panel on Sport Diplomacy at LawInSport Conference, September 2019.

    Guest Lecturer at the Common Law Society of the University of Prague Summer School (Czech Republic), July 2019.

    Keynote at the Sports and Labour Law Conference, University of Amsterdam, June 2019.

    Invited to contribute to the Workshop: EU Sport Diplomacy, Debating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Canterbury Christ Church University & SOAS University London, April 2019.

     ‘How Social Dialogue will save the regulatory power of Governing Bodies’, ISLJ Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands, October 2017.

    Other experiences

    2021: Member of the Organising Committee of the ‘Sport&EU Conference’, University of Rijeka.

    2020: Co-organiser of the Event: “Bosman at 2025”, Edge Hill University.

    2019: Co-organiser of the Sports Law Conference ‘The Future of Sports Law’ in collaboration with Kings Chambers, Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

    2018: Co-organiser of the Event “Promoting Good Governance in Football through the Regulation of Players’ Agents”, London.

    2018: Member of the Organising Committee of the ‘Sport&EU Conference’, Edge Hill University.

    2017 – Present: Reviewer for the International Sports Law Journal, the European Sport Management Quarterly, the International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing and the Liverpool Law Review 


    Module Leader for a number of Modules in the Law LLB Programme, including:

    LAW2001 European Union Constitutional Law

    LAW2004 European Union Substantive Law

    LAW3039 Intellectual Property Law

    Public/media engagement

    Blog Posts

    ‘FIFA vs SuperLega in campo UE: profili di legalità alla luce della recente giurisprudenza della Corte di Giustizia dell’Unione Europea’, Gazzetta dello Sport Blog – Le Regole del Gioco, January 2021.

    ‘What a Messi situation: the transfer that never was”, Sport&EU Blog, September 2020.

    ‘State Aid in Sport’, Sport&EU Blog, June 2020.

    ‘Financing sport after Brexit: challenges lie ahead’, The UK in a Changing Europe, June 2020.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Law, PhD, The application of EU Competition Law to Sport, Edge Hill University

    Award Date: 18 Jul 2017

    Teaching and Learning, PGCert, Edge Hill University

    Award Date: 14 Apr 2016

    Law, MRes, Universita degli Studi di Milano, ITALY

    Award Date: 18 Jun 2011

    Other positions

    Board Member, Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union

    Honorary Fellow, Sports Law, Sports Policy and Sports Diplomacy Centre


    • K Law (General)
    • European Union
    • sport
    • Sports Law
    • Sports Diplomacy
    • Competition Law
    • State Aid

    Research Centres

    • Centre for Sports Law Research


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