John O'Leary

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Senior Lecturer and Course Leader

John O'Leary has legal expertise in the areas of tort, trusts employment and sports law.

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John O'Leary has over 20 years' experience in teaching at university level on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He is Course Leader for our LLB (Hons) in Chelmsford where he lectures currently in tort, trusts and employment law. His main area of research is sport law where he has advised Parliament and the EU Commission and enjoys an international reputation.

Research interests

  • Sports Law
  • Employment Law
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Law and Religion

Areas of research supervision

  • Employment law
  • International company law
  • International commercial law


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LLB (Hons) Law


  • LLB (Hons), Anglia Ruskin University, 1992
  • MPhil, Anglia Ruskin University, 2005

Selected recent publications

O'Leary, J., 2013. USADA v Montgomery. Book chapter in: Anderson, J. (Ed.). Leading Cases in Sports Law. The Hague: Springer.

O'Leary, J. and Khoo, T., 2013. Changing the World: Sport, Racism and Law in South Africa and Malaysia. International Sports Law Journal.

O'Leary, J. (join author), 2012. Sports Law. London: Cavendish.

O'Leary, J., 2001. Drugs and Doping in Sport. London: Cavendish.

Recent presentations and conferences

Sports Law and Notions of Justice: Why There is No Such Thing as Justice in Sport. Paper given to Sporting Justice conference, 2014, Nottingham Trent University.

A Kantian Perspective on Sports Law, SLSA Conference, 2014.