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Rights, Regulation and Bodily Integrity: Reflections from Sport

By Kate Henne, RegNet, ANU

Dutee Chand was banned from competition in 2014 (Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

Dutee Chand was banned from competition in 2014 (Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

Sport is a space in which the policing and scrutiny of athletes’ bodies is explicit. Regular commentaries about athletes’ physical performances, suspected performance-enhancing drug use and changes to their bodies’ shape or size offer everyday examples. Accordingly, sport is a site that enables us to think through the tensions between rights, regulation and bodily integrity. Recent developments around the regulation of who can participate in women’s sports events offer a timely and important case in point.

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Creating a Sporting Chance? A Query into the UN Agenda on Sport for Development and Peace

By Kate Henne

Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University

Former IOC President Jacques Rogge with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Image from http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/sport/home/sport/template/news_item.jsp?cid=40805

Former IOC President Jacques Rogge with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Image from http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/sport/home/sport/template/news_item.jsp?cid=40805

Many readers may not know that sport is considered a human right. In 1978, UNESCO described sport and physical education as a “fundamental right for all,” acknowledging that everyone should have access to and the ability to participate in sport, play, and physical activity.

Despite this long-standing recognition, the UN took little action in this space – that is, until fairly recently. Within current UN agendas, sport emerges as a tool for development, one that, according to advocates, can support all of the Millennium Development Goals. Continue Reading →


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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

Image from the Law and Society Association http://www.lawandsociety.org/

Image from the Law and Society Association
http://www.lawandsociety.org/

CIGJ at LSA

A number of RegNet researchers attended the Law and Society Association’s annual conference in early June in Boston. The conference’s overarching theme was ‘Power, privilege, and the pursuit of justice – Legal challenges in precarious times’. Many of panels addressed the potential as well as the limitations of human rights, including a panel on ‘The Extralegal Affairs of Rights’ convened by RegNet’s Kate Henne. Continue Reading →