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LIVESTREAM The Human Rights of Athletes

4 August 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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A discussion of different aspects of athletes' rights, and how they have been respected, protected and contested at the elite level.

Two years ago, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) proposed an Athletes’ Rights and Responsibility Declaration.

Critics of the declaration say it does not come close to respecting the internationally recognised human rights of athletes - that it relegates athlete rights beneath the rules of sport governing bodies and fails to give the victims of human rights abuse access to an effective remedy.

This year, the IOC has agreed to develop and adopt a detailed overarching strategy on human rights, yet when the strategy will be released is unknown.

A new special issue of the Australian Human Rights Institute's journal Human Rights Defender brings to fore different aspects of athletes’ rights and how they have been respected, protected and contested at the elite level.

In this week when we would have been celebrating the Tokyo Olympic Games, we have invited Australian Olympian magazine’s Guest Editor, Dr Natalie Galea, Olympians and international experts to discuss athlete’s rights within the Olympic movement broadly.


Dr Natalie Galea, Guest Editor, Australian Olympian

Mary Harvey, Centre for Sports and Human Rights, US Olympian

Dr Madeleine Pape, Northwestern University, Australian Olympian

Dr Yetsa A. Tuakli-Wosornu, Sports Equity Lab, Yale School of Public Health


Craig Foster, Former Australian football Captain and human rights defender