Sport events and human rights: positive promotion or negative erosion?

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Authors: Adams, A. and Piekarz, M.

Journal: Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events

Volume: 7

Issue: 3

Pages: 220-236

eISSN: 1940-7971

ISSN: 1940-7963

DOI: 10.1080/19407963.2014.997864

© 2015 Taylor & Francis. In this paper, we build upon recent scholarship on sport event legacies to identify, categorise, and describe the key processes underpinning sport event interactions with human rights (HR). It develops a simple, representative model to illustrate the points where sport events bisect with HR and considers what factors can modify these impacts. The development of this model is based on a meta-review of literature and examination of case studies. It is clear from our analysis that sport events are malleable, symbolic, and political occurrences that can be positioned to provide evidence and support of benefice or harm to the cause of HR. The model also provides a nuanced approach to consider how sport event organisers may begin to think about the tactics and strategies that might be employed, and how they might leverage HR through their sport event. The model also indicates that HR, being similarly malleable political tools, are paradoxical in application in the sport event context and consequently cannot be assumed to be taken-for-granted as event outcomes or outputs.

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