Office location 6.29 Sandra Burslem Building, Manchester Campus
Who am I?
Who am I?
Key responsibilities Director of Research, Manchester Law School
Professor Mark James re-joined Manchester Law School in January 2016. He began his academic career at Anglia Polytechnic University on a research scholarship, examining the scope of the consent given by participants in contact sports to injury-causing challenges. His first appointment at Manchester Metropolitan University was in 1997 to lecture in criminal law and sports law and to develop its innovative MA (Sport and the Law). In 2006, Mark moved to the University of Salford to help establish the Salford Law School. During his time there, he was appointed Reader in Law, Associate Head (Research), Director of the Salford Centre of Legal Research and served two years as Head of School. From 2013 to 2015, he was Director of REF Strategy at Northumbria Law School, from where he return to MMU to take up the position of Director of Research in the Law School. Mark is one of the country's leading experts on sports law and Olympic law.
Specialism Sports Law and Olympic Law
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Books (authored/edited/special issues)
MD. James (2017). Sports Law. Palgrave Macmillan.
K. Cook, M. James, R. Lee (2015). Core Statutes on Criminal Law 2015-16. Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke.
K. Cook, M. James, R. Lee (2014). Core Statutes on Criminal Law 2014-15. K. Cook. Palgrave MacMillan.
MD. James (2013). Sports Law. Palgrave Macmillan.
K. Cook, M. James, RIJ. Lee (2013). Core Statutes on Criminal Law 2012-13. Palgrave Macmillan.
M. James (2002). The trouble with Roy Keane. Entertainment Law. 1(3), pp.72-92.
M. James, I. Deeley (2002). The standard of care in sports negligence cases. Entertainment Law. 1(1), pp.104-108.
Chapters in books
MD. James (2016). Consent: Revisiting the Exemption for Contact Sports. In: Consent: Domestic and Comparative Perspectives. Routledge,
MD. James (2016). Legal Responses to Football Crowd Disorder and Violence in England and Wales. In: Legal Responses to Football Hooliganism in Europe. Springer,
MD. James, G. Pearson (2014). Regulating Anti-Social Behaviour Amongst Football Spectators Since 1985. In: Anti-Social Behaviour in Britain: Victorian and Contemporary Perspectives. Springer,
MD. James (2013). Player Violence and Compensation for Injury: R v Barnes  1 Cr App R 507. J. Anderson. In: Leading Cases in Sports Law. Springer Science & Business Media, pp.323-337.
MD. James, G. Osborn (2013). The Olympic Laws and The Tensions and Contradictions of Promoting and Preserving the Olympic Deal. V. Girginov. In: Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Vol. 1 Making the Games. Routledge, pp.74-86.
MD. James, S. Greenfield, G. Osborn (2012). The Olympics, the Law and the Contradictions of Olympism. H. Lenskyj, S. Wagg. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, pp.304-318.
MD. James, G. Pearson (2009). The Legality and Effectiveness of Using Football Banning Orders in the Fight Against Racism and Violence at Football Matches. R. Parrish, R. Siekman, S. Gardiner. In: Professional Sport in the European Union: Regulation, Re-Regulation and Representation. TMC Asser Press, pp.535-554.
M. James (2005). Virtually foul or virtually fair?: FIFA, fair play and video gaming. In: Readings in Law and Popular Culture. pp.133-154.
MD. James Regulating Ticket Scalping: What the US Learn From the UK Experience. Latoya University, New Orleans, USA, 1/1/2016.
MD. James Ticket Touting and RWC 2015. University of Brighton, United Kingdom, 1/1/2015.
MD. James Reimagining the IOC: Host City Contracts and Sporting Justice. Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 1/1/2014.
MD. James Legal Lessons to be Learned From London 2012 and Sochi 2014. Law Society of Scotland and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 1/1/2014.
MD. James Sports Law and Sports Managers. Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, Northumbria University, Newcastle, United Kingdom, 1/1/2014.
MD. James Reimagining the IOC: The Recalibration of Host City Contracts'. Interdisciplinary.net, Mansfield College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 1/1/2014.
MD. James Ambush Marketing: Reviewing the Effectiveness of the Olympic Association Right. LMU, Leeds, United Kingdom, 1/1/2013.
MD. James Olympic Law, Ambush Marketing and the Regulation of Sporting Mega Events. Woolfson College, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1/1/2013.
MD. James What Glasgow 2014 Can Learn From London 2012: Protecting the Brand From Ambush Marketing. DMU, Leicester, United Kingdom, 1/1/2013.
MD. James, G. Osborn Protecting Commerce or Preserving Culture? Legal Issues Surrounding the Olympic Games. Ithaca College, London Centre, London, United Kingdom, 1/1/2012.
MD. James Football Spectators Act 1989: Section 14B Banning Orders. Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom, 1/1/2012.
MD. James, G. Osborn Mapping the City: Regulating Advertising and Trading Around London Olympic Venues. Ithaca College, London Centre, London, United Kingdom, 1/1/2012.
G. Osborn, MD. James Olympic Law: How the Legislation Works. Ithaca College, London Centre, United Kingdom, 1/1/2012.
MD. James Olympic Law, Ambush Marketing, the IOC and WADA. Woolfson College, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1/1/2012.
MD. James, G. Osborn Legislative Creep: Unpacking Lex Olympica. Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1/1/2012.
MD. James, G. Osborn Legislative Creep: Unpacking Lex Olympica. Bruges, The Netherlands, 1/1/2012.
MD. James The Policing of Football Supporters in Italy in the 21st Century: Repeating the Mistakes of England in the 1980s?. Birkbeck College, University of London, London, United Kingdom, 1/1/2010.
MD. James The Regulation of Football Disorder: A Case of Punishment Without Trial?. Birkbeck College, University of London, London, United Kingdom, 1/1/2009.
MD. James Grayson, Corinthianism, Idealism and Pragmatism. University of Stirling, United Kingdom, 1/1/2009.
MD. James Getting Away With It: Stopping the Law at the Touchline. International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain, 1/1/2009.
MD. James The Effectiveness and Legality of Football Banning Orders. The Asser Institute, The Hague, The Netherlands, 1/1/2008.
MD. James The Changing Nature of Anti-Ticket Touting Legislation. International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain, 1/1/2008.
MD. James Touting for Business: Controlling the Resale of Sports Tickets. Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 1/1/2007.