The Organisation of the Sport System in Turkey: The SGM (Former GSGM), The Ministry of Youth and Sport and the relevant laws.

The Organisation of the Sport System in Turkey: The SGM (Former GSGM), The Ministry of Youth and Sport and the relevant laws.

Room 151
Malet Street Building
Birkbeck College, University of London
London WC1E 7HX

Thursday 26th April, 2012, at 10am
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Given by: Emir Güney, PhD Candidate, Director of Sports Law Research Center, Department of Law, Kadir Has University.


Turkey has a two-fold sport system. On the one side, football is governed by its own fully autonomous federation which is also considered as the only professional sport in Turkey. On the other side, the rest of the sports, which are considered amateur, are governed by the SGM (Sports General Directorate) which is the management body of the Ministry of Sports and Youth. Turkey is also a unique country when it comes to sports governance. It is the only country in the world that has separate laws established to govern sports bodies and even for only one sport, football. For example, in 2011 the Supreme Court of Turkey had to overrule an arbitration clause in the law of the establishment of the football federation in order to make the law consistent with the Turkish Constitution. In this presentation, Emir Güney explains the organisation of the sport system in Turkey, illustrates its unique features, and then presents a critique of its constitutional foundations.


Emir is currently the director of Sports Law Research Center at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also a PhD candidate on Sports Management at Marmara University. His main areas of study are the organisation of sport bodies and the structure of football supporters’ organisations. The Sports Law Research Center has three main areas of study: Sports Law, Sports Management and Sports Media. Beginning from April 2012 the name of the center will change to the Sports Studies Research Center and the study areas will expand accordingly. Sports Economics, Sports Sociology, Sports History will be some of the new additions to the research topics.

Contact Details

Contact details:

For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

Tel: 020-7631 6763

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