[Online conference] Towards a European social charter for sport events

01 December 2021
  • Starts at: 13:00h
  • Fee: Free
  • Venue: Online
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Sport events, especially when they are of a global scale, have been facing more and more questions about their impact on local communities, the environment, and human rights. 

It has become clear that their social legitimacy is not a given, but must be earned by showing that sport events can positively contribute to society. During this half-day conference, we will debate the proposal of a European Social Charter for Sport Events in order to achieve this goal. 

In January 2021, a consortium of eight partners launched a three-year project, supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ scheme, aimed at devising a European Social Charter for Sport Events (ESCSE). The project ambitions to develop a Charter which will contribute to ensuring that sport events taking place in the European Union are socially beneficial to the local communities concerned and, more generally, to those affected by them. The project is directly inspired by the decision of the Paris 2024 bid to commit to a social charter enforced throughout the preparation and the course of the 2024 Olympics.

This first public event in the framework of the ESCSE project, will be introducing the project to a wider public. During the event we will review the current state of the implementation of the Paris 2024 Social Charter, discuss the expectations of stakeholders and academics for a European Social Charter and present for feedback the first draft of the ESCSE (and its implementing guidelines) developed by the project members. It will be a participatory event; we welcome input from the participants.

13:00 – 13:05        Opening
Dr Antoine Duval (Asser Institute) 

13:05 – 13:15        Presentation of the project
Hugo Petit-Jean (EASE)

13:15 – 13:45        Presentation of the Paris 2024 Social Charter
Marie Barsacq (Paris 2024)

13:45 – 14:15        Q&A on the Paris 2024 Social Charter

14:15 – 14:45         Break

14:45 – 15:00        Presentation of the background study
Dr Antoine Duval (Asser Institute)

15:00 – 15:20        Presentation of the building blocks of the Charter
Hugo Petit-Jean (EASE) and Jakub Fornalik (Institute of Sport Governance)

15:20 – 16:00        Stakeholder and expert input

16:00 – 16:05        Closing

The Asser International Sports Law Centre, powered by the Asser Institute, is contributing to the project through the drafting of a background study, which we will introduce during the conference.