The Hague Environmental Law Facility Lecture on 'The Environmental Legacy of Sochi'

16 - 16 May 2014
  • Starts at: 15:00h
  • Fee: Free
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Institute for Environmental Security
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
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The Hague Environmental Law Facility (HELF) Lecture:

“The Environmental Legacy of Sochi:
Time to Take the Olympic Charter Seriously”


Speaker: Antoine Duval, Senior Researcher, T.M.C. Asser Instituut

Respondent: Ryan Gauthier, Researcher, Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Sochi Olympic Games have drawn to a close. Many facets of these Games have come under fire from critical commentators: the price tag, the climate, the human rights violations, the low attendance, the quality of the hotels, the list goes on… At the closing ceremony, however, IOC President Bach complimented Russia for “delivering on all that it promised.” Considering environmental promises and the actual damage to the environment in Sochi, a different point of view on the environmental legacy of these Olympic Games, and options for improvements for future large sports events will be set out by Antoine Duval during this lecture.

The respondent Ryan Gauthier will touch upon human rights aspects of organising and convening such events. His PhD research focuses on labour rights on Olympic Games-related construction sites. He is examining how to improve the governance of international sporting bodies, so that they take into account human rights issues when selecting and working with hosts of their events.

Date: Friday 16 May 2014
Time: 15.00 hours
Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut, R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, The Hague
Registration: Attending the lecture is for free, but we kindly ask you to register here.