Lecturer in Sports Law
Serhat Yilmaz joined the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in September 2015 as a Lecturer in Sports Law. He holds a PhD in Law from University of Westminster (United Kingdom) where he completed his thesis titled “The European Union and Players’ Agents: a theoretical analysis of the EU’s intervention into the regulation of players’ agents in Europe”.
Prior to joining Loughborough University, Serhat graduated from Istanbul University in Turkey with a law degree, undertook LLM International Law at the School of Oriental African Studies (SOAS) (University of London) and completed Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the College of Law (London)
Serhat is also an associate lecturer at the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre at Birkbeck College (University of London) and the academic member of the Centre for Society, Law and Popular Culture at the Westminster Law School (University of Westminster).
Serhat Yilmaz’s research interest is multifaceted. Firstly, he has specific interest in the EU sports policy. He has researched the discourse of the EU sports policy from single market and socio-cultural perspectives. In this connection, his research focused on investigating the EU’s intervention into the regulation of players’ agents in European football within the wider context of European sports policy. In doing so, he has developed a theoretical approach, utilising the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF), and located players’ agents, as a policy issue, in socio-cultural policy context which contributed theoretical understanding of the EU sports policy.
Serhat is also interested in the governance of sport with a specific focus on contemporary legal issues emerging within. In this connection, he examines legal frameworks related to the representation of sport persons, the protection of minors in sport, financial arrangements (in particular the financial fair play and third-party ownership) and the integrity of sport (in particular match-fixing and doping)
- The Westminster Law Review
- Global Corruption Report on Sport 2015 by Transparency International
Selected Invited Conference Keynotes and Speaker Presentations:
- “The EU sports policy and the regulation of players’ agents: a theoretical analysis of socio-cultural perspective”. The 46th annual conference of the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), London, United Kingdom. September 2016.
- “The EU sports policy and players’ agents: how does the beliefs system of actors impact on policy discourse at European level”. The annual conference of the Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union (Sport & EU). Madrid, Spain. June 2016.
- “Socio-Cultural Regulation of Sport in the EU and Players’ Agents”. The annual conference of the Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union (Sport & EU). Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.
- “FIFA Licensed Players’ Agents: Elucidation of the European Commission as a Regulatory Actor”. The 42nd annual conference of the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), Passau, Germany. September 2012.
- De Madieros, E.M., Yilmaz, S., Stein, M., Torres, A., Rossi, G.(2014). Regulating the transfer market: the debate on reform. International Centre for Sport Security Journal, 2(1): pp.18-23.
- Yilmaz, S. (2012). Transfer Matching System and Minors. European Professional Football Leagues Sport Law Bulletin, No: 9, pp. 46-49.
- “The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game: Legal Analysis of Match-fixing” Discussion with the expert, Kevin Carpenter. January 2014. Full Recoding available via iTunes