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
- A guide to the World Players Association’s Universal Declaration of Player Rights - By Matthew Kaiser, 16 February 2018, LawInSport,
- Sport’s human rights requirements: an opportunity and challenge for sports lawyers as well as sports governing bodies - By Brendan Schwab, 15 March 2018, LawInSport https://www.lawinsport.com/topics/articles/athlete-welfare/item/sport-s-human-rights-requirements-an-opportunity-and-challenge-for-sports-lawyers-as-well-as-sports-governing-bodies
- When We Know Better, We Do Better - Embedding the Human Rights of Players as a Prerequisite to the Legitimacy of Lex Sportiva and Sport's Justice System - By Brendan Schwab, 04 December 2017, Maryland Journal of International Law, https://digitalcommons.law.umaryland.edu/mjil/vol32/iss1/4/
- Universal Declaration of Player Rights - https://www.uniglobalunion.org/sites/default/files/files/news/official_udpr.pdf
- Background to the development of the Universal Declaration including research into the practical condition of athletes and players - https://www.uniglobalunion.org/sites/default/files/imce/udpr_development_14_dec_17_v1.pdf
- World Player Rights Policy - https://www.uniglobalunion.org/sites/default/files/imce/world_player_rights_policy_doc_v1.pdf
- Report – Championing Human Rights in the Governance of Sports Bodies (Mega Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights) https://www.ihrb.org/megasportingevents/resource-view/championing-human-rights-governance-sports-bodies
- Report – The Mega-Sporting Event Lifecycle – Embedding Human Rights from Vision to Legacy (Mega Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights) https://www.ihrb.org/megasportingevents/resource-view/mse-lifecycle-embedding-human-rights-from-vision-to-legacy
- “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
DOCUMENTS MENTIONED BY GIGI ALFORD
- Yogyakarta Principles plus 10 - https://yogyakartaprinciples.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/A5_yogyakartaWEB-2.pdf
- World Players’ analysis of the significance for athlete’s rights of the 2018 Human Rights Council resolution on promoting human rights through sport and the Olympic ideal - https://medium.com/@worldplayers/human-rights-council-speaks-up-for-athletes-rights-in-wake-of-surging-abuses-9e66f081cb4f
- Katrina Karkazis’ interview on the latest episode of the Edge of Sport as a resource for insight into her views on the IAAF’s new hyperandrogenism regulation.
Here’s her pre-release paper on the topic: 'The Powers of Testosterone: Obscuring Race and Regional Bias in the Regulation of Women Athletes' by Katrina Karkazis
- The draft OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct, which will be officially released in June at the annual meeting: https://mneguidelines.oecd.org/OECD-Due-Diligence-Guidance-Responsible-Business-Conduct.pdf