- Starts at: 09:00h
- Fee: Full fee: 100€ / Student fee: 50€ / NNHRR: Free
- Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
- Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut & Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR)
R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
2517 JN The Hague
In the past few years, FIFA underwent intense public scrutiny for human rights violations surrounding the organisation of the World Cup 2018 in Russia and 2022 in Qatar. This led to an intense reform process at FIFA, which involved a number of policy changes, such as:
- Embracing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;
- The inclusion of human rights in the FIFA Statutes;
- Adopting new bidding rules including human rights requirements;
- And introducing a Human Rights Advisory Board.
To take stock of these changes, the Asser Institute and the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR), are organising a conference on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and human rights, which will take place at the Asser Institute in The Hague on 8 May 2019.
This one-day conference aims to take a deeper look at FIFA’s impacts on human rights and critically investigate the measures it has adopted to deal with them. Finally, we will also address FIFA’s potential legal responsibilities under a variety of human rights laws/instruments.
9:00 Registration & Coffee
9:45 Welcome by Antoine Duval (Asser Institute) & Daniela Heerdt (Tilburg University)
10:00 Opening Remarks - Andreas Graf (Human Rights Officer, FIFA)
10:30 Panel 1: FIFA & Human Rights: Impacts
- Zoher Shabbir (University of York) – The correlation between forced evictions and developing nations hosting the FIFA World Cup
- Roman Kiselyov (European Human Rights Advocacy Centre) - FIFA World Cup as a Pretext for a Crackdown on Human Rights
- Eleanor Drywood (Liverpool University) - FIFA and children’s rights: theory, methodology and practice
13:00 Panel 2: FIFA & Human Rights: Policies
- Lisa Schöddert & Bodo Bützler (University of Cologne) – FIFA’s eigen-constitutionalisation and its limits
- Gigi Alford (World Players Association) - Power Play: FIFA’s voluntary human rights playbook does not diminish Switzerland’s state power to protect against corporate harms
- Brendan Schwab (World Players Association) & Craig Foster - FIFA, human rights and the threatened refoulement of Hakeem Al Araibi
15:00 Panel 3: FIFA & Human Rights: Responsibilities
- Daniel Rietiker (ECtHR and University of Lausanne) - The European Court of Human Rights and Football: Current Issues and Potential
- Jan Lukomski (Łukomski Niklewicz law firm) - FIFA and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights : Obligations, duties and remedies regarding the labour rights protected under the ICESCR
- Raquel Regueiro Dubra (Complutense University of Madrid) - Shared international responsibility for human rights violations in global events. The case of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
- Wojciech Lewandowski (Polish Academy of Sciences/University of Warsaw) - Is Bauer the new Bosman? – The implications of the newest CJEU jurisprudence for FIFA and other sport governing bodies
17:00 Closing Remarks by Mary Harvey (Centre for Sports and Human Rights)
- Full fee: 100€
- Student fee: 50€
- NNHRR: Free