T.M.C. Asser Institute
Gradev Sports LTD.
YUST Law Firm
T.M.C. Asser Institute

In 1965 the T.M.C. Asser Institute was founded by the law faculties of the Dutch universities. Since its foundation, the T.M.C. Asser Institute has developed into a leading academic inter-university institute in the broad field of International Law. Recognized nationally and internationally as a dynamic and proactive organization, the T.M.C. Asser Institute is, first and foremost, the professional, Hague-based, inter-university research centre facilitating and contributing to research in the fields of Public and Private International Law and European Law.

The Asser International Sports Law Centre
Sports law is a fast expanding and developing area of legal debate and inquiry. Sports law is essentially an applied area of law, with sport the context within which the law operates, and it potentially includes the whole spectrum of traditional legal scholarship.

The so-called Asser International Sports Law Project originated from the Asser Round Table Sessions that were held in the beginning of 1996 on the Bosman case. Since then international sports law has developed into one of the main areas of research within the T.M.C. Asser Institute’s research program.

On 1 January 2002 the Project was converted into a Centre within the framework of the T.M.C. Asser Institute for international law. The mission of the Asser International Sports Law Centre is to provide a centre of excellence in particular by providing high quality research, services and products to the sporting world at large (sports ministries, international - intergovernmental - organizations, sports associations and federations, the professional sports industry, etc.) on both a national and an international basis.

Please contact for further information on the Centre, the Asser International Sports Law Series, ISLJ and seminars and conferences organized by the Centre: Dr Robert Siekmann (Director) at or go to

Gradev Sports LTD.

Gradev Sports LTD. Gradev Sports LTD. is a leading Bulgarian Sports Agency, representing football players, clubs and coaches and providing sports law services to all football stakeholders. Mr. Georgi Gradev is a licensed UEFA Match Agent and is specialized in International sports law services, in particular, alternative disputes settlement before the judicial bodies of the Bulgarian Football Union, FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

YUST Law Firm

YUST Law Firm Established in 1992 in Moscow, YUST is a successful Russian law firm consisting of over 60 lawyers, with offices in Moscow, Novosibirsk, Kiev and Donetsk.

YUST is one of the few law firms in Russia that provide professional services in the sports law area. The legal services rendered by YUST involve football as well as hockey, basketball and even rugby areas.

YUST is the official legal consultant of the Russian Football Union, as well as of the Bid Committee for the Russian Federation right to host the World Championship of 2018 or 2022.


Jurisprudence of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber
On its journey towards establishing uniformity, legal certainty and quality on a worldwide scale, FIFA created a Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) in 2001 to resolve disputes regarding the international status and transfer of players. During the years 2002–2006, exactly 597 decisions of the DRC were published on the website of FIFA. Frans de Weger analyzed and classified in his book “The Jurisprudence of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber” (in cooperation with the ASSER Institute) all the relevant decisions of the DRC during that period into different categories. This book can serve as a practical work of reference by all persons working in the field of international football, such as sports lawyers and sports advisers, and also by students, researchers, players, clubs, agents and national associations. For further information, see:

DRC Book

Asser international sports law series
Series Editors: Dr Robert C.R. Siekmann and Dr Janwillem Soek Books in this series chart and comment upon the legal and policy developments in European and international sports law. The books contain materials on intergovernmental organizations and the international sports governing bodies, and will serve as comprehensive and relevant reference tools for all those involved in the area. T.M.C. Asser Press Publications, distributed by Cambridge University Press. For more information about the sport law series go to

The International Sports Law Journal (ISLJ)
The official journal of the Asser International Sports Law Centre was started in 2000 and renewed in 2002. The ISLJ's main purpose is to comment upon and to inform those interested in sports and the law — whether academics, practitioners or others — about legally relevant' developments in the world of sport in a national and international perspective. It is distributed at national and international conferences, meetings and seminars as well as amongst members of national associations for sport and the law. ISLJ has an international Editorial Board and is supported by an international Advisory Board of prominent sports Lawyers. As from 2005: four issues a year (two double issues, spring and autumn; subscription price: € 150 per year). Send an email to Dr Robert Siekmann at or go to further information about ISLJ and a subscription.



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