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University of Stirling


Dr David McArdle

Senior Lecturer

Law University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr David McArdle

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Dr. McArdle has extensive research and consultancy experience on issues of discrimination and human rights in sports. Crime/criminal justice aspects of this have included research into football stadium safety; steward recruitment and training; policing ‘hooliganism’; health and safety in the context of outdoor adventure education; policing manifestations of racism and homophobia through sports. He gave evidence to the Football Task Force in 1997 on the proposed mandatory qualification for matchday stewards, has given Opinions on cases before the court of Arbitration for Sport and worked with several clubs thereafter to improve stewarding standards, employment practices and data protection compliance. His academic publications have covered stadium safety, steward training, the utilisation of banning orders ‘on complaint’ in Scotland, on-field violence, medico-legal issues in sports (doping, transgender and pregnancy discrimination), intellectual property issues and the regulation of outdoor adventure activities. Dr. McArdle was a co-author of Scottish Government-funded projects on banning orders (2010) and offensive behavior in football (2014), and two European Commission projects on event organisers’ rights (2012) and matchfixing (2014). His monograph on arbitration and mediation in sport was published in 2015 and his current research concerns celebrities’ intellectual property and the rights of student-athletes in US universities.Qualifications: LLB University of Wales 1989 PhD Manchester Metropolitan University 1997Previous Positions:Lecturer, Robert Gordon University, 2002-2005 Research Fellow, De Montfort University, 1998-2001 Research Fellow, Middlesex University, 1997-1998 Research Assistant, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1993-1997 Esteem Indicators: Winner of the Poster Prize, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Bristol 2012Asked to submit Expert Opinion in the case of Municipality of Holon v Federation Internationale de Gymnastique, Court of Arbitration for Sport, 2012 Research quoted by Lord Moynihan in the House of Lords debate on the gender recognition bill, 14 January 2004 and by Graeme Pearson MSP in the Scottish Parliamentary debate on the Offensive Behaviour at Football, etc Bill, 23 June 2011. Editor, Entertainment and Sports Law Journal since 2001Editorial Board Member, Australian and New Zealand Sports Law JournalGuest Editor, Cambrian Law Review in 2009 (in addition to 2005) Guest Editor, Sport in Society 2004Guest Editor, European Sports Management Quarterly 2002. Visiting Lecturer, Department of Law, University of Johannesburg 2004Visiting Fellow, State University of Management, Moscow, July 2006Invited Editor, SCOLAG/SCC publication on Civil Justice in Scotland, 2007 Scientific Committee member, International Sport Law and Business Conference, Istanbul, September 2010 External Funding £20,000 Seedcorn Funding from Middlesex University Business School in 1997£1,000 from the British Academy in 1999 to fund qualitative data collection on sexual harrassment in US college sports£1,000 from the Combined Heating and Power Association in 2002 to fund research into 'fuel poverty' among older people£10,000 from the Clark Foundation in 2006 to fund a research studentship into Scots Law and Disability Discrimination£770.00 from the Carnegie Trust in 2007 to fund fieldwork concerning adventure activities provision in the Highlands and Islands£10,000 from the Scottish Consumer Council in 2007 to fund a publication concerning civil justice reform in Scotland £5,000 from the Association of Commonwealth Universities/British Academy International Collaboration Grants Scheme in 2008 to fund research into adventure activities provision Scotland and South Africa£1,000 Royal Society of Edinburgh's International Exchange Programme in 2009 to support research into anti-doping policies in the EU£40,000 from the Scottish Government in 2010 to fund research into the use of football banning orders in Scotland £1,000 from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to support further fieldwork on doping law and policy in Solvenia, 2011£30,000 from the TMC Asser Institute, The Hague, to explore collaborative opportunities in the field of European and International Sports Law, September 2012 EUR 268,000 from the European Commission for Project EAC/18/2012, Sports Organisers’ Rights in the EU, December 2012. Teaching: Crimnal Law, Employent Law, Sports Law, Collective Labour Law Recent Postgraduate Research Supervision 2014: Sarah Carrick 'Female Athletes and Intellectual Property' 2012: Chibuko Ibekwe 'Comparative Perspectives on Cyberlaw' 2011: Odaloghe Kio 'Sports Arbitration in Developing Jurisdictions' 2009: Evangelos Alexandrikis, 'The (Il)legality of Ambush Marketing'2007: Samuel Condry, 'Sport, Disability and Scots Law' (MPhil awarded 2008) 2005: Anke Beyer, 'Collective Bargaining in Germany and the UK'. Administrative Roles: Faculty Lead for Internationalisation Professional Affiliations: Associate Member, Scottish Centre for Criminal Justice ResearchSociety of Legal Scholars Sport and Recreation Law Association Other Interests:

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