Fixing the Fixers: The Justification of Criminal Liability for Match-fixing

Fixing the Fixers: The Justification of Criminal Liability for Match-fixing

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Volume 2 Issue 2 ()

Allegations of match-fixing are not new to sport and have been around for a considerable period of time.However, it is still not clear what, if at all anything, can be done by the law, about match-fixing as it is a form of conduct which does not neatly fall into any particular category. However, considering the fact that commercial sport occupies an increasingly important position in society today, it is quite clear that something must be done. The only question is ‘what must be done?’By looking at the instances and concepts involved in as well as nature of match-fixing as well as the existing framework of penal laws in India and other sanctions which may apply to it, this paper argues that criminal liability should be imposed on match-fixing. While suggesting so, the paper provides justifications for the above, along with the requisite safeguards so as to ensure that the problem of over-criminalization is not caused when there is a criminal liability on match fixing.
Cite as: Nishant Gokhale, Fixing the Fixers: The Justification of Criminal Liability for Match-fixing, 2 NUJS L. Rev. 319 (2009)

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