Dr Geoff Pearson, LL.B(hons.) Ph.D (Law, Lancaster)
Football Industry Group
University of Liverpool,
Telephone: +44(0)151 795 3818
Follow Geoff on Twitter: @Geoff_Pearson
Geoff is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool Management School and Director of Studies for the MBA (Football Industries) programme. He graduated from the University of Lancaster in 1995 with an LLB (with honours) in law before completing a PhD thesis in 1999 entitled Legal Responses to Football Crowd Disorder, at the same institution.
Geoff joined the Football Industry Group (then known as The Football Research Unit) at Liverpool in 1999. His research interests include Law and Civil Liberties, the Policing of Football Crowds, Football Hooliganism, Intellectual Property Theft and Professional Football in the E.U.. Geoff has worked with various football governing bodies and governmental/intra-national bodies during the course of his research and has acted as an expert witness on football crowd behaviour. He is author of two books, 'Football Hooliganism' (2007 with Cliff Stott), and 'An Ethnography of English Football Fans' (2012).
He is the convenor for the University of Liverpool Ethnography Knowledge Platform and is also on the organising committee for the annual Ethnography Symposium organised by the Ethnography at Liverpool and Keele Group (the 8th Symposium, will be held 28-30 August 2013 at VU University Amsterdam).
‘Football Hooliganism: Policing and the War on the English Disease’, 2007 London: Pennant Books (with Dr. Clifford Stott)
'An Ethnography of Football Fans: Cans, Cops and Carnivals', Forthcoming Spring 2012, Manchester University Press
Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals:
‘Keeping the Peace: Social identity, procedural justice and the policing of football crowds'. The British Journal of Criminology, 2012, 52 (2). pp. 381-399 (with Stott, C. and Hoggett, J.)
'Dirty Trix at Euro2007: Brand Protection, Ambush Marketing and Intellectual Property Theft at the UEFA European Championships', Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, (2012) Volume 10. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/elj/eslj/issues/volume10/pearson/
‘The Hoolifan: Positive fan attitudes to football “hooliganism”’, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 47 No.2, 2012: 147-62 (with Rookwood, J.)
'On the Lash: Revisiting the Effectiveness of Alcohol Controls at Football Matches', Policing and Society, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2011: 1-17 (with Sale, A.).
‘The Researcher as Hooligan: Where ‘Participant’ Observation Means Breaking the Law’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Vol. 12, No. 3, July 2009; 243-255.
‘A different kind of ethics’. Ethnography Vol. 8 No. 4 2007, pp 521-544 (with Ferdinand J.M., Rowe M and Worthington F.)
‘Football Banning Orders: Analysing their use in Court’: Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 70, No. 6, Dec. 2006 (with Dr Mark James)
‘Hybrid Law and Human Rights: Quasi-Criminal Banning and Behaviour Orders in the Appeal Courts’, July 2006 Liverpool Law Review 3/06
‘Football Banning Orders, Proportionality and Public Order’: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 45, No. 3, July 2006: 241-254 (with Dr Clifford Stott)
‘Qualifying for Europe? The Legitimacy of Football Banning Orders ‘On Complaint’ under the Principle of Proportionality’ Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, September 2005, Vol. 3 No. 1
‘Business or Pleasure? The Football Industry’s Continuing Struggle with European Union Law’, European Sports Management Quarterly, Vol. 2 No. 4, December 2002: 276-296 (with Liz Crolley and Dr Roger Levermore)
‘A Game of One Half: The Manageress and the Sex Discrimination Act’ Liverpool Law Review, 24/3 2002: 137-156
‘Getting Public Law Back into a Critical Condition: The Rule of Law as a Source for Immanent Critique’ Journal of Social and Legal Studies, 8/4, December 1999: 483-508 (With Dr Michael Salter)
‘Legitimate Targets? The Civil Liberties of Football Fans’ Journal of Civil Liberties 4/1, March 1999: 28-47
‘The English Disease? The Socio-Legal Construction of Football Hooliganism’ Youth and Policy - The Journal of Critical Analysis No. 60, Summer 1998: 1-15
‘The Legality and Effectiveness of Using Football Banning Orders in the Fight Against Racism and Violence at Sports Events’, EU, Sport, Law and Policy: Regulation, Re-Regulation and Representation (Eds. Gardiner, S., Parrish, R and Siekmann, R): 2009 TMC Asser Press, pp. 535-555 (With Dr Mark James, University of Salford)
‘Contextualising the Football Disorder Act: Proportionality under the Hammer’: Readings in Law and Popular Culture, (Eds. Greenfield, .S and Osborn, G), 2006, Routledge: London: 91-118.
‘Legislating for the Football Hooligan: A Case for Reform’ – Law and Sport in Contemporary Society (eds. Steve Greenfield and Guy Osborn), 2000, Frank Cass: 182-200
‘Ethnographies of Work and the Work of Ethnographers’ Ethnography Vol. 8 No. 4 2007, pp 395-402 (with Dr Matthew Brannan and Dr Frank Worthington).
Other Publications and Reports:
'The Legality of the UEFA Home Grown Player Rule', European Commission Report, April 2013 (with Murray Dalziel, Paul Downward, Richard Parrish and Anna Semens)
'A commentary on ‘Little Hooliganz: The Inside Story of Glamorous Lads, Football Hooligans and Post-Subculturalism’ by Professor Steve Redhead' Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, (2011) Volume 9 http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/elj/eslj/issues/volume9/pearson/
‘A Cure Worse Than the Disease? Reflections on Gough and Smith v Chief Constable of Derbyshire’, Entertainment Law, Summer 2002 Vol. 1, No. 2: 92-102
Professional Sport in the E.U.: Regulation and Re-Regulation (Caigner, A., and Gardiner, S.), Entertainment Law, No.2 2002: 113-116
‘The Regulation of Football Crowds’, in Preventing Violence: from Global Perspectives to National Action (2005, Centre for Public Heath, Liverpool JMU): 125-130.
‘Football Fans, Banning Orders and Human Rights’, in SCOLAG Legal Journal, No. 338, Dec 2005: 273-279 (With Dr David McArdle)
'An Account of Events Relating to Incidents Surrounding the Match Between AS Roma and Manchester United on Wednesday 4 April 2007' - Presented to UEFA Appeal Tribunal, June 2007 (with Clifford Stott and James Hoggett).
Selected Conference Papers
'The Utility and Legality of Football Banning Orders' - Socio-Legal Studies Conference, York Law School, March 2013
'The Impact of Technology Upon Carnival Fan Sub-Cultures' - 6th Ethnography Symposium, Cardiff Business School Sept. 2011.
'Getting Binned: Ethical and Political Dilemmas Arising from a Frenetic Five Minutes in the Field' - 5th Ethnography Symposium, Queen Mary's University. London, Aug/Sept 2010
'Protection, distraction and reputation: The football hoolifan and positive fan attitudes to "hooliganism"' - Political Studies Association, Sport and Politics Study Group Annual Conference. Leeds Metropolitan University, February 2010 (with Dr Joel Rookwood)
‘On the Lash: Football Fan Attitudes to Alcohol Controls’ – 4th Ethnography Symposium, University of Liverpool, August 2009
‘Expect Emotions! IP Theft and Ambush Marketing at Euro2008’ – 3rd Ethnography Symposium, University of Liverpool, Sept. 2008 (With Dr Jason Ferdinand)
Civil Liberties and Police Abuses at Football Matches’ – Law and Popular Culture Workshop, Oñati Institute, May 2008
‘Policing and Legal Strategies to Reduce Disorder at International Football Tournaments’ - Forum on Euro 2008 and the National Swiss Security Strategy, University of Lucerne, May 2008
'The EU White Paper on Sport and the Prevention of Sports-Related Violence'- Workshop on the EU White Paper on Sport, TMC Asser Institute, The Hague, February 2008
'Watching the Watchers – Participant Observation of Policing Strategies in Football Crowds' - 2nd Ethnography Symposium, Keele University, September 2007
'From the "Excited and Enterprising" to the "Sickness and the Scourge": The Legal Construction of - and Response to - "Football Hooliganism"', 'Experiencing the Law' Conference, Insititute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, Dec 2006
‘Public Order Policing and Banning Orders in Football Crowds’ (with Dr Cliff Stott) – European Association of Psychology and Law Conference, University of Liverpool, June 2006
‘Researching the Hooligan: Ethical Issues Arising from Covert Participant Observation in Football Crowds’ – SLSA Conference, University of Stirling, April 2006
‘The Legitimacy of Football Banning Orders “On Complaint”’ - The State of Play: Contemporary Research in the Field of Sports Law, University of Central Lancashire, April 2005
‘The Regulation of Football Crowds’ – Preventing Violence, Liverpool, March 2005
‘Revisiting EC Law and the Football Transfer System’ – SLSA Conference, Nottingham, April 2003
‘You Don’t Sell Me, I’m Part of the Union: E.U. Law and the Transfer System’ – SLSA Conference, Bristol, April 2001
Selected Guest Speaking and Lecturing
'An Ethnography of Football Fans: Cans, Cops and Carnivals' - Birkbeck Sports Business Unit, March 2013
'The Legal Regulation of Football "Risk Supporters" in England and Wales' - for the University of Stirling's Symposium on Sectarianism and Football, 17/11/2011
'Law and Sport' Module - for Gdansk University of Technology's MBA in Sports Programme (Sept-Oct 2011)
'The Policing of Football Supporters in Italy in the 21st Century: Repeating the Mistakes of England in the 1980s?' - Roundtable Discussion (with Lorenzo Contucci, Civil Rights Lawyer; Dr Mark James, Salford University; and Marco Perduca, Senator for the Radical Party in the Italian Parliament), Birkbeck University: 2010.
Football Hooliganism: Policing and the War on the English Disease - Birkbeck Sports Business Unit, 2009
IP Theft and Ambush Marketing - University of Cork, 2008
EU Law the the Football Industry - Gdansk University of Technology, Poland: 2007
‘EU Law and the Football
Industry’ – State University, Moscow: 2005
Football and the Law
Becoming a Football Executive
Sports Operations Management
Business and Employment Law
Football Business in Britain
European Commission - The Legality of the UEFA Home Grown Player Rule, July-Dec 2012 (with Murray Dalziel, Richard Parrish and Anna Semens)
UK Home Office - The Policing of Football Fans Abroad, Sept. 2001 – July 2004 (a pan-European research project in conjunction with Dr Clifford Stott, Psychology Department, University of Liverpool and Dr. Otto Adang, research manager at the Dutch Police Academy).
Consultancy, Industrial Collaboration and External Appointments
FIFA’s Daniel Nivel Foundation on Spectator Violence: Scientific Advisor on the workshop for fan policing - (2002)
European Commission: Part of negotiations concerning the reform of the football transfer system - (2000-2001)
External Examiner (Modular Masters in Law) at Manchester Metropolitan University - (2002 – 2004)
External Validator For The Deane Valley Business School for the BA(Hons) in Football Industry Management - (2001)
Consultant for London College of Fashion for the launch of an MBA(Fashion Industries) - (2007)
Guest Chair for Sport at the EU's 3rd Annual Conference, Southport - (July 2008)
Continuing Professional Development and Training
Employment Law in the Football Industry (CPD for Welsh Football Association), Liverpool 2012
Lecturer/Facilitator on Football Fan Behaviour for 'Policing Domestic Football' CPD courses delivered to West Midlands Police, Greater Manchester Police, South Yorkshire Police and British Transport Police (Jan-Feb 2012).
Lecturer/Facilitator: 'Policing Major Incidents: Major Events, Public Disorder and Mass Emergencies' (Block Two: Policing Public Order at Major Incidents and Events) - A World Class Professional Development Course - (2010; 2011)
Expert Witness on Football Crowd Behaviour - R v Cremin, Luton Magistrates Court (2010).
Expert Witness on Football Crowd
Behaviour - Chief Constable of West Yorkshire v Playford, Leeds Magistrates
Reviewing and Editorial Work
Editorial Advisory Board Member for Journal of Organisational Ethnography.
Selected Media Work
Television – ITV News at Ten, BBC Breakfast, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Sky Sports News, BBC Wales (Newsnight), Channel 4 News, BBC North West Tonight, Granada Tonight (ITV Regional News, Look North (ITV Regional News), ‘Inside Out’ (BBC North-East), Bravo (Lee Sharpe's Hooligan Hall of Shame), Football's Greatest Rivalries (ESPN), Reds@Five (MUTV)
Radio – BBC Radio 4 (Today Programme), BBC Radio 4 (PM), BBC Five Live, BBC World Service, BBC Asian Network, BBC West Midlands, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Northumbria, BBC Radio Clyde, RTE, Century 105 FM, Three Counties Radio, Radio City (Liverpool), Smooth FM.
Press - The Economist, Financial Management, Times Higher Education Supplement, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mirror.
The British Association for Sport and Law
Sport in the E.U.
The Socio-Legal Studies Association