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22.11.2021, 17:00 - 20:00 Uhr / Institute

Hamburg Forum on Sports Law

Sports associations and human rights – the role of Corporate Social Responsibility and athlete organizations

Sport, it is said, connects people across all borders. On the basis of this principle, sports associations traditionally avoid involvement with political issues. Nonetheless, it is recurrently the case that they are compelled to take a position. The anti-racist strikes in US sports leagues in connection with the "Black Lives Matter" demonstrations are just one of many examples in which issues such as racism and human rights emerge on the agenda of sports associations.

In the business world, these topics have long been treated under the heading of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). But what do the CSR models of sports associations look like? What approach do they take toward political statements? What space can and should they occupy in sport?

Mathias Habersack (Chair for Civil Law and Corporate Law, LMU Munich), Sylvia Schenk (Transparency International Germany, FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board), Johannes Herber (Athleten Deutschland e.V.) and Christoph Becker (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) will discuss these and other questions at this year's Symposium of the Forum for International Sports Law on 22 November 2021 at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law.

More detailed information on the programme can be found here (German only).

About the Forum on International Sports Law

Das The Forum on International Sports Law is a cooperative effort of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg and the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich. The aim of the Forum is regularly to consider current questions arising in the field of international sports law and to generate a discussion on these topics with representatives drawn from sports, business and academia. The symposia are oriented towards jurists working in either practice or academia who are interested in sports law issues.

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