IOC adds human rights punch to the Lex Olympica / Antoine Duval

Duval, Antoine - juriste

On 9 September 2022, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) published its “Strategic framework on human rights”, two years after Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, former United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Rachel Davis, Vice-President and Co-Founder of Shift (the non-profit organisation aimed at promoting the diffusion of the UN guiding principles for business and human rights) had produced at the invitation of the IOC a set of recommendations for an IOC human rights strategy. The new framework presents an overarching approach as well as concrete action plans for the IOC to address their human rights risks along three spheres of responsibility: the IOC as an organisation, the IOC as owner of the Olympic Games, and the IOC as leader of the Olympic Movement. This article aims to present the content of the framework, assess to what extent it follows the 2020 recommendations of the Hussein/Davis report, and provides a critical assessment of its potential to have a transformative impact on the way in which the Olympic Movement operates.

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