Human Rights and Sports - New Trends and Initiatives with UNICEF, Commonwealth Games, BT and IHRB

11 OCT 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM BST
160 Aldersgate Street
United Kingdom

Recent years have seen an increasing focus on the human rights risks and opportunities related to major sporting events. In response, sports bodies, sponsors, broadcasters and suppliers are developing strategies to implement respect for human rights promote the values of sport through policies, governance and risk management processes, bidding requirements, commercial arrangements and grievance processes.

In association with the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, DLA Piper's responsible business team and Sports Sector lawyers are hosting a panel discussion looking at recent trends and developments in this space. Speakers will cover a range of developments, including:

  • Lessons learnt at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 and looking forward to Birmingham 2022, including the human rights requirements in place for commercial partners and suppliers
  • Tools and guidance developed by sports bodies, sponsors and broadcasters to identify and manage potential human rights risks associated with events*
  • The launch of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights**


  • David Grevemberg, Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Games Federation
  • Moira Oliver, Head of Policy and Chief Counsel, Human/Digital Rights, BT
  • William Rook, Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Sport and Human Rights
  • Lucy Amis, Sport and Human Rights Specialist, UNICEF


6 PM Registration
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Panel
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Drinks

Please join us on 11 October at our London office to discuss these issues and get involved in a riveting and topical debate on the issues surrounding human rights and sports events.

* DLA Piper, IHRB and UNICEF, in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, UEFA, and the Commonwealth Games Federation have developed guidance outlining tangible steps that sports bodies can take to build human rights into the governance of their organizations. Tools and guidance have also been developed in collaboration with BT plc, Discovery, Sky, and ITV to help broadcasters identify and, if necessary, mitigate any potential human rights impacts that may occur when broadcasting a sporting event; and ABInBev, adidas Group, the Coca-Cola Company, and P&G for businesses involved in the sponsorship of a sporting event to prompt the identification of human rights issues to consider at the earliest stages of developing a sport sponsorship relationship, and in the sponsor agreement itself.

** Chaired by Mary Robinson and launched by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) in June 2018, the Centre for Sport and Human Rights towards a world of sport that fully respects human rights by developing tools and sharing good practices amongst all actors. Based in Geneva, the Centre brings together, through its Advisory Council, an unprecedented alliance of intergovernmental organisations, governments, sports bodies, athletes, hosts, sponsors, broadcasters, civil society representatives, trade unions, employers and their associations, and national human rights institutions focused on a range of activities under a framework of sharing knowledge, building capacity, and increasing accountability.