FIFA and Human Rights Symposium

As the FIFA Women’s World Cup is slowly coming to an end, we are delighted to kick off the Online Symposium ‘FIFA and Human Rights’ on Verfassungsblog. This debate demonstrates the relevance, and to some extend urgency, of thinking through FIFA’s human rights impacts, policies and responsibilities.

The World Cup itself has raised the issue of the FIFA’s discrimination against female players through the allocation of much lower prize money than for the men’s competition. This debate demonstrates the relevance, and to some extend urgency, of thinking through FIFA’s human rights impacts, policies and responsibilities. This heightened focus in the public sphere on FIFA and human rights dates back to 2014, when the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, and former UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie, sent an open letter to the Fédération International de Football Association (FIFA), presenting a number of recommendations on how FIFA should deal with adverse human rights impacts that arise in the context of their events and activities. Arguably, this letter marked the starting point of FIFA’s own human rights journey. Since then, FIFA underwent a reform process that led to the integration of a number of human rights provisions and policies into FIFA’s regulatory framework. The blogs featured in the symposium stem from a conference on FIFA and human rights hosted by the Asser Institute in The Hague in May. In this blog we provide a brief introduction to the symposium by going through FIFA’s human rights impacts, policies, and responsibilities.

This symposium consists of eight blog-posts co-edited by senior researcher and head of the Asser International Sports Law Centre Dr. Antoine Duval. Read the blog-posts here, originally published on the Verfassungsblog: 

Blog post (1): FIFA and Human Rights: Introduction to the Symposium - By Dr Antoine Duval and Daniela Heerdt 
Blog post (2): ‘We need to talk about the kids': FIFA’s children’s rights obligations - By Eleanor Drywood
Blog post (3): 
FIFA’s Eigen-constitutionalization and its limits - By Bodo P. Bützle and Lisa Schöddert
Blog post (4): Shared International Responsibility for Human Rights Violations: The 2022 World Cup in Qatar - By Raquel Regueiro Dubra
Blog post (5): Is Bauer the new Bosman? – The implications of the recent jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union for FIFA - By Wojciech Lewandowski
Blog post (6): The European Court of Human Rights and FIFA: Current Issues and Potential Challenges - By Daniel Rietiker
Blog post (7): FIFA for Women or Women for FIFA? The Inherent Tensions of FIFA’s Women’s Football Strategy - By Michele Krech
Blog post (8): The protection of labour rights in professional football under the ICESCR - By Jan Łukomski