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"Football and Politics" Panel Speakers

Dr David McArdle
(University of Stirling)

David McArdle was (allegedly) the first person in the UK to be awarded a PhD for research in the area of sports law (Manchester Metropolitan University, 1997) and holds an LLB degree from the Unviersity of Wales, Aberystwyth. He was the author of ‘From Boot Money to Bosman: Football, Society and the Law’ (Cavendish, 2000) and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Stirling, Scotland and Senior Researcher in International and European Sports Law at the TMC Asser Institute in The Hague. His present research interests concern sport and Scots law, the interface between law and arbitration in the sporting context, sport and discrimination law and the regulation of outdoor education in the UK and beyond. He teaches sports law, criminal law, trade union law and information technology law and has several rather talented PhD students. He hasn’t much cared for football since Hillsborough but still folllows Chesterfield FC from a respectable distance.

Recent publications include:

  • McArdle, D (2014) Stair Encyclopedia of Scots Law: Volume 58, Sports Law (Edinburgh, LexisNexis)
  • McArdle, D (2013) Athletes: Law and Arbitration (London, Routledge)
  • McArdle, D (2012) ‘Pechstein v. International Skating Union’ [in:] Anderson, J (ed.) Landmark Cases and Decisions in Sports Law (The Hague, TMC Asser Press)
  • McArdle, D (2011) An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland (Edinburgh, Scottish Government) with Hamilton-Smith, N et al.
  • McArdle, D (2011) ‘The Views from the Hills: Fatal Accidents, Child Safety and Licensing Adventure Activities’ 31(3) Legal Studies 372-391
  • McArdle, D (2009) ‘Using the Americans with Disabilities Act to Inform ‘Access to Sporting Venues’ Under the Disabilities Convention’ 27(2) Boston University International Law Journal 317-344
  • Mcardle,D (2008) ‘Swallows and Amazons, or the Sporting Exception to the Gender Recognition Act’ 17(1) Social and Legal Studies 39-58.

Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith
(University of Stirling)

Niall Hamilton-Smith is a criminology lecturer at University of Stirling and a member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. After completing a criminology PhD with Nick Tilley in 1999, Niall joined the UK’s Home Office as a government social researcher, where he worked variously on crime reduction research, policing research, and organised crime research. Since, arriving at Stirling, as well as developing research on organised crime and policing, Niall has also been involved in projects relating to security and sport. Most, notably he led on the Scottish Government evaluation of football banning orders and is currently a team-member of a European Commission- funded project examining security governance of sporting mega-events (in particular focussing on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014).

Recent football-related publications:

  • Hamilton-Smith, N. and Hopkins, M. (2012), 'The transfer of English legislation to the Scottish context: Lessons from the implementation of the Football Banning Order in Scotland', Criminology and Criminal Justice. Advance publication June 13, 2012, doi: 10.1177/1748895812447083
  • Hamilton-Smith, L.N., Bradford, B., Hopkins, M., Kurland, J., Lightowler, C., McArdle, D., and Tilley, N. (2011), An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Government.
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