The TopFit judgment on amateur sport and its potential aftermath on the relationship between EU law and dual careers of athletes


The Author analyses the principle of law stated by the Court of Justice in the TopFit case in the field of amateur sport and proposes a reading of the judgment extending to the topic of student-athletes’ mobility within EU Member States. According to the Author, the recognition that the practice of amateur sport is governed by Articles 18 and 21 TFEU regardless of the non-economic nature of the sporting activity, and that the Court of Justice is fully entitled to rule on those provisions also outside the field of economic activities is likely to partially outweigh the limits embedded in the complementary (or supporting) competence of the Union in the field of sport.

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