Call for Papers

Sport&EU annual conference will take place in 2023 on 6-7 July at Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa, Portugal. The organising committee welcomes now Papers and Panels proposals.

We invite Sport&EU 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;

Sport integrity.

Contributions from diverse disciplines (law, politics, social sciences, philosophy etc.) are accepted. Papers with an interdisciplinary background are particularly encouraged.

Deadline for paper proposals:
15 February 2023

Decisions on accepted papers will be made no later than:
15 March 2023

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.

Topic priority areas for your proposals

We have identified the following topic priority areas for your proposals, although others will be also considered:

  • EU sport policy design and implementation
  • Legal issues in European sport
  • The recent rulings of the CJEU and their impact on sports law, policy and governance
  • Sports business and sport management: integrity problems
  • Equality and diversity in and through sport
  • Technology in sport: challenges and risks
  • Environmental sustainability in sport
  • Olympic movement’s current path
  • Sports Events and tourism: present and future
  • Professions in sport: the differences inside EU
  • Physical activity and physical exercise: EU achievements

For the 2023 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 for publication will be the Journal of Sports Law, Sports Policy and Sports Diplomacy, which will work in partnership with Sport&EU.


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
  1. For paper proposals.

– Submit a one page abstract (all-inclusive) with standard margins;

– Use 12 point Arial font, single spacing;

– Include the full names of author(s) and institutional affiliation;

– You need to indicate (abstracts not indicating these choices will be returned):

1-Whether you are proposing a short of full paper;

2-Which of the priority topic areas (see above) your paper belongs to;

3-Which of the following categories applies to your paper (chose only ONE, see below for information): Empirical, Conceptual, teaching, or methodology.


– Abstracts should not include figures and tables.

Can include in-text citations, but NOT a list of references.

Abstract should include:

4-Research objectives/questions & methodology,

5- Results and discussion of the relevance of your findings.

6- Three to Five Keywords, related to the content.


  1. For panel proposals

Submit a 350-words abstract for the panel, plus one abstract (with the format

above – but with a List of references, although not counting for the 350 word limit) per paper.  Please also include the nominated panel convenor and panel chair. Indicate which one of the priority topics your panel falls under.

Panel proposals should include gender diversity in their paper givers.


Panel and paper proposals should be submitted by email to:

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.


Hoping for receiving your contributions, for a very interesting 2023 Sport&EU Conference, We will wait to see You in Lisbon in July!