Webinar - Paradigm shift: Sports law in the age of business and human rights

On 2nd May, 2018, LawInSport hosted a webinar roundtable on developments in the application of international human rights law within sport.

Recent human rights commitments by sports governing bodies are the latest progression of the 2011 United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), the standard which also guided the development of the 2017 Universal Declaration of Player Rights. These developments mark a paradigm shift with far-reaching implications for sports governing bodies, athletes, commercial partners, governments and lawyers.

The webinar featured an interactive discussion on the implementation of this emerging field of law and practice, building on two recent LawinSport articles: "A guide to the World Players Association’s Universal Declaration of Player Rights" by Matthew Kaiser and “Sport’s human rights requirements: an opportunity and challenge for sports lawyers as well as sports governing bodies” by Brendan Schwab.


  • Brendan Schwab, Executive Director, World Players Association, UNI Global Union
  • Gigi Alford, Head of Sport and Human Rights, World Players Association, UNI Global Union (also, Coordinator of the Sport & Rights Alliance)
  • Matthew D. Kaiser, Associate at Global Sports Advocates 
  • Sean Cottrell (Chair), CEO, LawInSport

Further Reading 

  • “FOR THE GAME. FOR THE WORLD.” FIFA and Human Rights by John G. Ruggie, April 2016 - can be viewed here

  • Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights can be viewed here

  • Webinar Presentation by Brendan Schwab and Gigi Alford can be viewed here


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