Members of the EventRights consortium have published a paper setting out a conceptual model and research agenda for how progressive human rights outcomes may be obtained in the context of bidding, planning and implementing major sport events (MSEs). The authors propose of four pathways, including good governance, the democratic participation of stakeholders, the formalisation of human rights agendas and the deployment of sensitive urban development. The authors argue that there is a need for adherence to internationally recognised standards, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights if rhetorical statements from MSE awarding bodies and host organisers are to be accountable to a wider set of actors. If researchers and practitioners want to address some of the critical issues related to human rights and MSEs, it is imperative that key actors working in the rights sphere are involved in shaping the research agenda and monitoring its implementation. Academics need to take a proactive approach aimed at achieving both theoretically grounded and practically relevant solutions, with engagement occurring over an extended period of time. This approach, avowedly political and concerned with genuine action, is a key way in which MSE stakeholders can be held to account for their actions in regard to human rights.
Eventrights scholars participate in IOA’s Young Participants session
1st October 2020
How inclusive was the Rio Olympics?
3rd August 2020
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- Qatar World Cup and Sportwashing: Adam Talbot
- EventRights scholars draw attention to Qatar World Cup Human Rights concerns
- EventRights host Symposium on Sport Events and Human Rights
- Eventrights scholars participate in IOA’s Young Participants session