Professor Richard Parrish

Biography

Professor Richard Parrish is the Director of the Centre for Sports Law Research at Edge Hill University. He holds the position of Jean Monnet Chair of EU Sports Law and Policy (2016-2019). Currently, he is leading a major EU funded project looking into the operation of football agents in Europe (2018-2019). Professor Parrish was a member of the European Commission’s High Level Group on Sports Diplomacy (2015-2016) and a member of the European Commission’s Group of Independent Sports Experts that advised the EU on sport priorities ahead of the adoption of the Communication on Sport in 2011. He was also Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Inquiry into Grassroots Sport and the European Union (2010/11). Professor Parrish has authored a number of influential reports for the European Parliament and the European Commission, including the main reports into nationality discrimination in Olympic sports and European football. He has also acted as expert adviser for the European Commission’s TAIEX programme with work having been undertaken in the Ukraine, Albania, Belarus and Turkey on the approximation of European laws relevant to sport. He is author of two monographs and three edited collections exploring the interface between sport and EU law. Professor Parrish is Honorary Chair of the Association for the Study of Sport & the European Union and he is an editorial board member on the International Sports Law Journal.

Research Profile: https://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/view/creators/1285.html


Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Government and Public Policy, University of Northumbria, 1993
  • MA European Integration and Co-operation, University of Hull, 1994
  • PhD – ‘The Path to a European Sports Policy’, University of Manchester, 2001

Teaching

  • Sports Law
  • International Sports Law
  • Dissertation
  • PhD Director of Studies

Research Interests

  • European Union Sports Law and Policy

Publications

Research Reports

  • Parrish, R et al (2016), Report to Commissioner Tibor Navracsics: High Level Group on Sports Diplomacy, European Commission, Brussels, June 2016, pp.52.
  • Parrish, R. et al (2013), co-author with the Universities of Liverpool and Loughborough ‘Study on the Assessment of UEFA’s Home-Grown Player Rule’, Study for the European Commission, EAC/07/2012, pp. 138.
  • Parrish, R. (2011), co-author with TMC Asser Institute, ‘Study into the Identification of Themes and Issues to be Dealt with in a Social Dialogue in the European Professional Basketball Sector’, Unpublished report for the European Commission.
  • Parrish, R. (2011), co-author with TMC Asser Institute and University of Leiden, ‘Study on the Equal Treatment of Non-nationals in Individual Sports Competitions’, Report for the European Commission, pp. 246.
  • Parrish, R. (2010), co-author with TMC Asser Institute and Loughborough University, ‘The Lisbon Treaty and European Union Sports Policy’, Report for the European Parliament, pp. 73.
  • Parrish, R., et al (2010), Group of Independent European Sport Experts Report on EU ‘Priorities in the Field of Sport’, Report for Commissioner Vassiliou, 2010, pp. 8.
  • Parrish, R. (2009), co-author with TMC Asser Institute, ‘Study into the Identification of Themes and Issues to be Dealt with in a Social Dialogue in the European Professional Cycling Sector’, Report for the European Commission, pp. 168.
  • Parrish, R. (2008), co-author with TMC Asser Institute, ‘Study into the Identification of Themes and Issues to be Dealt with in a Social Dialogue in the European Professional Football Sector’, Report for the European Commission, pp. 237.
  • Parrish, R. (2005), co-author with TMC Asser Institute and Sport2B consultants, ‘Professional Sport in the Internal Market’, Report for European Parliament, pp. 92, WTO (in particular the TRIPs agreement) and to verify whether the commitments taken by Belarus within the framework of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation are in compliance with the future potential accession to the WTO.

Books

  • Anderson, J., Garcia, B., & Parrish, R., (2018), Edward Elgar Handbook on EU Sports Law and Policy, Edward Elgar
  • Parrish, R. & Cattaneo, A. (2018), EU Sports Law, International Encyclopedia of Laws, Kluwer.
  • Parrish, R., Siekmann, R., Smokvina, V., Bodiroga-Vukobrat, N. & Sander, G. (eds) (2013), ‘Social Dialogue in Professional Sports’, Shaker Verlag, pp. 234.
  • Parrish, R., Gardiner, S. & Siekmann, R. (eds) (2009), ‘EU Sport, Law and Policy: Regulation, Re-regulation and Representation’, Den Haag: TMC Asser Press, pp. 619.</
  • Parrish, R. & Miettinen, S. (2008), ‘The Sporting Exception in European Union Law’, International Sports Law Series, Den Haag: TMC Asser Press, pp. 295.
  • Parrish, R., Siekmann, R., Branco-Martins R. & Soek, J. (eds) (2007), ‘Players’ Agents Worldwide: Legal Aspects’, Den Haag: TMC Asser Press, pp. 872.
  • Parrish, R. (2003), ‘Sports Law and Policy in the European Union’, European Policy Research Unit Series, Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 271.

    Book Chapters

  • Parrish, R. & Pendlebury, A. (2018), Football Law, in Routledge Handbook of Football Business and Management, Routledge.
  • Parrish, R. & Dodds, M. (2018), The European and US Models of Sport, in Routledge Handbook of Global Sports Law, Routledge
  • Parrish, R. (2015), The European Social Dialogue: A New Mode of Governance for European Football? in Duval, A & Van Rompuy, B (eds), 20 Years After: The Legacy of Bosman, Springer
  • Parrish, R. (2012), Case 36/74 Walrave and Koch [1974] ECR 1405, in Anderson, J. (2012), Landmark Cases and Decisions in Sports Law, TMC Asser Press, pp. 45-64.
  • Parrish, R. & Branco Martins, R., (2011), ‘Regulating Players’ Agents’, in Nafziger & Ross, Research Handbook on International Sports Law, Edward Elgar, pp. 545-557.
  • Parrish, R. (2011), ‘Europe: The Transformation of Football’, in Garcia, B., Grant, W. & Niemann, A., (eds), The Transformation of Football, Manchester University Press, pp. 23-39.
  • Parrish, R., & Miettinen, S. (2009), ‘Sports Broadcasting in Community Law’, in Blackshaw et al, TV Rights and Sport, Legal Aspects, Den Haag: TMC Asser Press.
  • Parrish, R. (2008), ‘Developments in European Union Sports Regulation’, in Parrish, R., Gardiner, S., & Siekmann, R., Professional Sport in the European Union: Regulation, Re-regulation and Representation, Den Haag: TMC Asser Press.
  • Parrish, R. (2007), ‘Regulating Players’ Agents: A Global Perspective’, in Parrish, R., Siekmann, R., Branco-Martins R. & Soek, J, (eds), Players’ Agents Worldwide: Legal Aspects, Den Haag: TMC Asser Press.
  • Parrish, R. & McArdle, D. (2006), ‘Beyond Bosman: The European Union’s Influence upon Professional Athletes’ Freedom of Movement’, in McArdle & Giulianotti, Sport, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, London: Routledge.
  • Parrish, R. (2000), ‘Reconciling Conflicting Approaches to Sport in the European Union’, in Caiger, A. & Gardiner, S. Professional Sport in the European Union: Regulation and Re-regulation, Den Haag: T.M.C. Asser Press.

Journal Articles

  • Parrish, R, (2015), Article 17 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players: Compatibility with EU Law, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, 22(2) 256-282.
  • Parrish, R. (2014), Sport: Regulatory Bodies, Westlaw Insights. 
  • Parrish, R, et al (2014), An Assessment of the Compatibility of UEFA’s Home Grown Player Rule with Article 45 TFEU, European Law Review, 2014, 39(4), pp. 493-510.
  • Parrish, R. (2014), Employment Relationships at National Level: England, European Sports Law and Policy Bulletin, 1-2014, pp.129-144.
  • Parrish, R. & Pendlebury, A. (2013), ‘International and Comparative Sports Justice: England’, European Sports Law and Policy Bulletin, pp. 97-127. 
  • Parrish, R. (2012), ‘Lex Sportiva and EU Sports Law’, European Law Review, 37, Dec, pp. 716-733.
  • Parrish, R. (2011), ‘Social Dialogue in European Professional Football’, European Law Journal, 17(2) March 2011, pp. 213-229.
  • Parrish, R. (2011), ‘Discussion on the Application of European Union Competition Law to the Procedures for the Assignment of Category I, Category II and International Competitions in the Netherlands – KNHS’, International Sports Law Journal, Issue 3/4 2011.
  • Parrish, R. (2011), ‘Contract Stability: The Case Law of the Court of Arbitration for Sport’, Sports Law and Policy Bulletin, pp. 69-94.
  • Parrish, R. (2008), ‘Access to Major Sporting Events on Television under European Law’, Journal of Consumer Policy, Issue 1, March, pp. 79-98.
  • Parrish, R. & Miettinen, S. (2007), ‘Indirect Nationality Discrimination in Community Law: An Assessment of UEFA Regulations Governing Player Eligibility for European Club Competitions (The Home-Grown Player Rule).’ Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, 5(2), pp. 13.
  • Parrish, R. (2007), ‘Regulating Players’ Agents: A Global Perspective’, International Sports Law Journal, 2007/1-2, pp. 38-43.
  • Parrish, R. (2005), ‘Death of the Constitutional Treaty – Implications for Sport’, Sport and the Law Journal, Vol.13, Issue 2, pp. 20-24.
  • Parrish, R. & McArdle, D. (2004), ‘Beyond Bosman: The European Union’s Influence upon Professional Athletes’ Freedom of Movement’, Sport in Society, Vol. 7, No.3. Autumn pp. 403-418.
  • Parrish, R. (2003), ‘The EU’s Draft Constitutional Treaty and the Future of EU Sports Policy’, The International Sports Law Journal, 2003/3 pp. 2-4.
  • Parrish, R. (2003), ‘The Birth of European Union Sports Law’, Entertainment Law, Vol. 2, No.2, Summer 2003, pp. 20-39.
  • Parrish, R. (2003), ‘The Politics of Sports Regulation in the European Union’, Journal of European Public Policy, 10:2 April 2003, pp. 246-262.
  • Parrish, R. (2003), ‘Judicial Intervention and Sporting Autonomy. Defining the Territories of European Union Involvement in Sport’, European Sport Management Quarterly. Special Issue: The Governance of Sports in Europe, 04/02, pp. 296-307.
  • Parrish, R. (2002), ‘Football’s Place in the Single European Market’, Journal of Soccer and Society, Issue 3.1, 2002, pp. 1-21.
  • Parrish, R. (2001), ‘Sports Regulation in the European Union: A New Approach’, Managing Leisure An International Journal, 6, pp. 187-200.

Conference Papers

  • Parrish, R. (2017), The Legal Dimension of Sport, Multilaw Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 20/010/17.
  • Parrish, R. (2017), The Birth of EU Sport Diplomacy, 12th Annual Sport&EU Conference, Molde, Norway, 29-30/06/17.
  • Parrish, R. (017), Keynote speaker: 3rd Rijeka Sports Law Conference, Croatia, 27/04/17.
  • Parrish, R. (2017), Moderator of ‘Agents and Intermediaries’ panel at EU Sport Forum, Malta, 08/03/17
  • Parrish, R. (2017), Speaker: European Week of Sport: Flagship Event, Brussels, 16/09/16 (European Commission).
  • Parrish, R. (2015), 2nd Rijeka Sports Law Conference, Day 1: ‘The Bosman Legacy: 20 Years of Labour Law’. Day 2: ‘Current Developments in EU Sports Law’. Rijeka, Croatia, 10/15.
  • Parrish, R. (2015), Bosman at 20, Labour Law and Sports Conference, University of Amsterdam, June.
  • Parrish, R. (2015), Third Party Ownership in Football, Football Transfer Market, EBF Economic Insight Seminar, University of Groningen, February 2015.
  • Parrish, R., & Smokvina, V. (2014), Labour Relations in Professional Football, Sport&EU Annual Conference, Cologne, June.
  • Parrish, R. (2014), Conference Co-organiser and speaker: The Regulation of Players’ Agents and Third Party Ownership, with Lisbon law firm Albuquerque & Associates, Lisbon, June.
  • Parrish, R. (2014), Reforming the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice Sporting Justice Conference, Nottingham Trent University, March.
  • Parrish, R. & Pearson, G. (2013), ‘Home Grown Players’, Sport&EU Annual Conference, Istanbul, June 2013.
  • Parrishr, R. (2013), Conference Moderator, Agents, Transfers and Regulation 2013, Conference organised by European Football Agents Association, 2 Cannon Street, London, May.
  • Parrish, R. (2012), ‘Lex Sportiva and EU Law’, 1st International Scientific Conference, European Sports Labour Law: Towards a Social Dialogue in Croatian Sport, Reijka, Croatia, 24 May.
  • Parrish, R. (2011) ‘Sport and European Competition Law’, Hungarian Olympic Committee Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 29-30 Sept.
  • Parrish, R. (2011), ‘The Lisbon Treaty and EU Sports Policy’, Seminar on Sports Law in the European Union, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, 22 March.
  • Parrish, R. (2011), ‘Social and Structured Dialogue as a Tool for Better Governance in Sport’, EUSA Biennial Conference, Boston, USA, 3-5 March.
  • Parrish, R. (2010), ‘The Specificity of Sport in EU Law’, FIFPro Colloquium, Paris, 22-23 Oct.
  • Parrish, R. (2010), ‘The Lisbon Treaty and EU Sports Policy’, Central Council for Physical Recreation EU Summit, Oval Cricket Ground, London, 21 October.
  • Parrish, R. (2010), ‘The Lisbon Treaty and EU Sports Policy: Legal Assessment’, IXth Asser-Clingendael Sports Lecture, the Hague, 6 October.
  • Parrish, R. (2010), ‘The Lisbon Treaty and EU Sports Policy’, European Parliament Committee on Culture, 28 Sept.
  • Parrish, R. (2010), ‘The Impact of the Acquis on Sport’, Invited Expert Lecture, European Commission Technical Assistance Information Exchange Unit (TAIEX), Ankara, Turkey, 17 February.
  • Parrish, R. (2009), ‘Anti-Doping Legal Issues’, ESRC Anti-Doping and Governance Seminar, Leeds Metropolitan University, 25 November.
  • Parrish, R. (2009), ‘Collective Bargaining in European Professional Football’, FIFPro Lawyers Network, Hoofddorp, Netherlands, 17 June.
  • Parrish, R. (2009), ‘Prospects of Development Through Co-operation’, Invited Expert Lecture, European Commission Technical Assistance Information Exchange Unit (TAIEX), Minsk, Belarus, 15 June.
  • Parrish, R. (2009), ‘Edward Grayson, Sport and EU Annual Conference’, University of Stirling, June.
  • Parrish, R. (2009) ‘Advocacy Coalitions in European Sports Policy’, Political Studies Annual Conference, Manchester, Political Studies Association, April.
  • Parrish, R. & Pendlebury, A. (2009), ‘Limits on the Exercise of Private Powers- Why is Leveraging Private Commercial Power Prohibited as an Abuse Under EC Law?’, European Union Studies Association Conference, Los Angeles.
  • Parrish, R. (2008), ‘Developments in EC Law’, World Sports Law Report Conference: Players’ Contracts, London, July.
  • Parrish, R. (2008), ‘The Regulatory Impact of the Community Legislation on Sport for the Benefit of the Albanian Government’, Invited Expert Lecture, European Commission Technical Assistance Information Exchange Unit (TAIEX), Tirana, Albania, April 2008.
  • Parrish, R. (2008), ‘The EU and Public Order’, Euro 2008 and the National Swiss Security Strategy Conference, University of Lucerne, May.
  • Parrish, R. & Miettinen, S. (2008), ‘Inherent Rules in EC Sports Law’, Conference on Law and Popular Culture, International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain, May.
  • Parrish, R. (2007), ‘EU Acquis Relevant to Sport’, Invited Expert Lecture, European Commission Technical Assistance Information Exchange Unit (TAIEX), Ukrainian Football Federation, Kiev, Ukraine, Nov.
  • Parrish, R. & Miettinen, S. (2007), ‘Nationality Discrimination in Community Law: An Assessment of UEFA Regulations Governing Player Eligibility for European Club Competitions (The Home-Grown Player Rule)’, Society of Legal Scholars Conference, University of Durham, September.
  • Parrish, R. (2007), ‘Recent Developments in EU Sport’, Portuguese Olympic Committee, September.
  • Parrish, R. & Miettinen, S. (2007), ‘The EU’s Internal Market Legislative Programme and Sport’, European Union Studies Association Conference, Montreal, Canada, 17-19 May.
  • Parrish, R. (2007), ‘Access to Major Sporting Events on Television under European Law’, Workshop on ‘The Consumer, the European Union and Media Law’, University of Exeter, 19 March.
  • Parrish, R. (2006),’ European Influences on Professional Sports Administration in the Netherlands’, on the occasion of the ABM AMRO World Tennis Championships, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Feb 20.
  • Parrish, R. & Branco Martins, R. (2006), ‘Social Dialogue in the European Professional Football Sector’, Socio-Legal Studies Annual Conference, University of Stirling, 28-30 March.
  • Parrish, R., Bloxham, S., Cerevkova, A. (2005), ‘Embedding Personal Development Planning Within a WebCT Supported Law Curriculum’, Learning in Law Initiative Annual Conference, University of Warwick, 5 January.
  • Parrish, R. (2005), ‘Home Grown Players – Home Grown Trouble: Nationality Restrictions in Sport’, The European Union: Past and Future Enlargements, 35th UACES Annual Conference and 10th Research Conference, Zagreb, Croatia, 5-7 September.
  • Parrish, R. and Martins, R. B. (2004), ‘UEFA and the EU: From Conflict to Co-operation?’, European Football: Influence Change and Development Conference, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 2 September.
  • Parrish, R. (2004), ‘The European Union and Sport’, International Conference on the EU and Sport, Geel, Belgium, 28 May.
  • Parrish, R. (2004), ‘EU, Sport and Law’, 11th Conference of the Polish Sports Law Association, Warsaw, Poland, 2 April.
  • Parrish, R. (2004), ‘A European Anti-Trust Law Exemption For Sport? The Impact of the Draft Constitutional Treaty’, Sport and Recreation Law Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 4-6 March.
  • Parrish, R. (2004), Consultant for the European Commission (Employment and Social Affairs DG) project: Promoting the Social Dialogue in the European Professional Football Sector, European Commission budget heading B3-4000 (Jan-May 2004). Papers delivered in Ireland (16/01/04), Denmark (18/05/04), Portugal (24/05/04) and Sweden (26/05/04).
  • Parrish, R. (2004), Consultant for the European Commission (Employment and Social Affairs DG) project: Promoting the Social Dialogue in the European Professional Football Sector (Candidate EU Member States), European Commission budget heading B3-4000 (Feb-June 2004). Papers delivered in Lithuania (05/02/04), Slovenia (6/03/04), Poland (02/04/04), Czech Rep (22/04/04) and Romania (23/06/04).
  • Parrish, R. (2003), ‘Competition Law and Sports Policy: The Case of Broadcasting’, British Association for Sport and Law Conference on the Broadcasting of Sporting Events, International Suite, Manchester United Football Club, Old Trafford, 9 December.
  • Parrish, R. (2003), ‘Sport and the EU Treaty’, University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) 33rd Annual Conference, Newcastle United Football Club, St James Park. Newcastle upon Tyne, 2-4 September.
  • Parrish, R. (2003), ‘Why Sport has no Place in the EU Constitution’, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham, 14-16 April.
  • Parrish, R. (2003), ‘Sports Law and Policy in the European Union’, Eighth Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association, Nashville, USA, 27-30 March.
  • Parrish, R. (2000), ‘The Impact of Soft Law on European Union Sports Law and Policy’, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Department of Law, Queens University, Belfast, NI, April.