Cover Tsoukala

Legal Responses to Football Hooliganism in Europe
Series: ASSER International Sports Law Series

April 2016 Editor: Dr Anastassia Tsoukala, University of Paris 11, France
Editor: Dr Geoff Pearson, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Editor: Dr Peter T.M. Coenen †, Maastricht University, The Netherlands



  • Published: April 2016
  • Pages: ix + 178 pp.
  • Publisher: T.M.C. ASSER PRESS
  • Distributor: Springer

This book brings together a number of perspectives on how different European states have responded to the phenomenon of football crowd disorder and violence, or “hooliganism”. It applies a comparative legal approach, with a particular focus on civil and human rights, to analyze domestic legislation, policing and judicial responses to the problem of “football hooliganism” in Europe.

Academics and legal professionals from eight different European countries introduce and analyze the different approaches and draw together common themes and problems from their various jurisdictions. They offer insights into the interactions between (domestic) politicians, law enforcers and sports authorities.

The book is important reading for scholars and practitioners in the fields of law, sports law, sociology and criminology, and for all those concerned with questions of law enforcement and human rights. While it perfectly fits the curriculum for postgraduate studies in the fields mentioned, it is also highly recommended as secondary reading for undergraduate students.

Dr. Anastassia Tsoukala is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Paris XI, France. Dr. Geoff Pearson is Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Manchester’s Law School, Manchester, UK. Dr. Peter Coenen was Assistant Professor of Law at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Specific to this book:

  • Brings together a number of country perspectives on the legislation of football hooliganism in Europe
  • Takes a human rights approach to analyse legislation regarding football hooliganism
  • Enables the reader to identify certain problems associated with the regulation of football hooliganism

This book appears in the ASSER International Sports Law Series, under the editorship of Prof. Dr. Ben Van Rompuy, Dr. Antoine Duval and Marco van der Harst LL.M.

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