Sports Law (Anti-doping, disciplinary proceedings, injury liability, labour market regulation, medico-legal issues, sports marketing law, racing industry control)
Torts (sports injury liability)
Hayden Opie had the insight to press for the Law School to focus on sports law over 25 years ago. He has since built the program into one of the most successful in the world. He teaches and researches in all areas of sports law: in particular on sports integrity, labour market regulation and medico-legal questions, including injury liability and anti-doping. Hayden initiated the founding of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He is also a member of various international and national sports law associations and advisory bodies.
Hayden Opie is the Director of Studies of the Melbourne Sports Law Program. He pursues research and teaching interests in all areas of sports law and is recognised internationally for his work in the field. In recent years he has been researching and writing on sports integrity, labour market regulation and medico-legal questions, including injury liability and anti-doping.
The Sports Law Program features 14 graduate level subjects which may be taken for continuing education or towards a Graduate Diploma in Sports Law
or one of a number of degrees at the Masters level. Hayden has been largely responsible for the development of most of the subjects and teaches in eight of them. He has taught sports law subjects at The University of Sydney, The University of Adelaide and Marquette University, USA. Hayden also supervises Research Higher Degree students and teaches two sports law subjects in the Melbourne JD program. He is also a member of the Asian Law Centre in Melbourne Law School.
A graduate of this law school, he undertook higher study in sports law at The University of Toronto in the mid-1980s. Since then he has established and developed the Melbourne Sports Law Program, initiated the founding of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association Inc, and served as the Association's President for its first eight years