Call for papers: Human Rights & Sports

Call for papers: Human Rights & Sports

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On behalf of the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration of the University of Lausanne, Professors Véronique Boillet, Sophie Weerts, and Andreas R. Ziegler are pleased to launch a call for papers on Human Rights and Sports for a workshop to be held on 30 June 2022 at the University of Lausanne. 

This initiative aims at bringing together international organisations in the area of sports and the academic world.

The world of sports is an autonomous regulatory environment. It has its own rules and governance. However, sports actors are not exempt from complying with the law in force. Athletes are in a particular position at the border of two regulatory environments.

On the one hand, human rights law still seems to offer them limited protection. Indeed, their first interlocutors – and sometimes authors of an infringement of their rights – are private persons such as sports associations and federations, sponsors, media actors or arbitration bodies. However, States have a positive obligation to protect those who suffer human rights violations. On the other hand, over the last ten years, sporting organisations have been developing a discourse based on human rights values, supporting an approach much more respectful of athletes’ personality.

In this context, the question of athletes’ human rights is a specific issue. What are the content and scope of athletes’ human rights? How effective are human rights protection mechanisms (international human rights law or the business and human rights approach)? How to strengthen the respect, protection and implementation of athletes’ human rights in the organisational context of sport? 

The organisers welcome proposals from legal scholars, civil society and practicing lawyers who are interested in exploring (on) tools and instruments, human rights and remedies. These contributions may follow a legal or a socio-legal approach. Contributions from historians, sociologists, anthropologists and economists interested in athletes and sports organisations are also welcome.

In particular, proposals may address the following aspects:

  • Athletes as a specific category of human rights beneficiaries
  • Instruments developed in international organisations (e.g. Charter on Sport) or by civil society (e.g. the Universal Declaration of Athletes’ Rights)
  • Gender (e.g. sexism, homophobia, #metoo movement, LGBTQ, androgynous)
  • Privacy (e.g. social networks, doping, harassment)
  • Equality and non-discrimination (e.g. disability, racism, religion)
  • Freedom of religion
  • Physical integrity (e.g. ill-treatment)
  • Freedom of expression (e.g. art. 50 IOC, activism, black lives matter)
  • Social rights (e.g. minimum wage)
  • Effectiveness of protection mechanisms (e.g. the business human right approach, independence of the CAS)

Authors are invited to submit an abstract (max. 450 words) on one or more of the themes listed by 1 December 2021. They should also attach a concise biography. Organisers will inform selected authors by 31 January 2022 and will invite them to circulate their paper ten days before the workshop scheduled for late June 2021. During the workshop, the organisers will communicate the information concerning the publication (a collective work or a special issue of a journal).

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