FIFA and human rights: A research agenda

Daniela Heerdt, Antoine Duval

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This special issue of the Tilburg Law Review aims to study the intersection between human rights and the way the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) governs and shapes football. The objective of this editorial is threefold. First, it highlights three different areas of research into the link between FIFA and human rights, namely its human rights impacts (section 2), policies (section 3) and responsibilities (section 4). Secondly, it maps existing research on FIFA and human rights for each section, thereby introducing some of the issues dealt with in more detail by the articles in this journal. Finally, it strives to contribute to the definition of a research agenda at the intersection of transnational law, lex sportiva, and (business and) human rights, by highlighting the questions that arise from linking a transnational private actor like FIFA to human rights (section 5).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalTilburg Law Review: Journal on international and comparative law
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2020
EventFIFA and Human Rights: Impact, Policies, Responsibilities -
Duration: 8 May 2019 → …


  • FIFA
  • human rights
  • mega-sporting events
  • UNGPs
  • business and human rights
  • transnational sports law


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