Research Fellows

Lucy Amis

Lucy Amis

Human Rights and Sport Specialist, Unicef UK; Reseach Fellow, IHRB

Lucy has over fifteen years experience in the field of business and human rights, and since 2012 has focused on finding solutions to adverse human rights impacts of mega-sporting events (MSEs).

Lucy is a Human Rights and Sport Specialist for Unicef UK working with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to embed human rights into the CGF's governance, management systems and operations, and to work with Games hosts to integrate human rights due diligence into the planning, delivery and legacy of the next two Commonwealth Youth Games (2017 and 2021) and Commonwealth Games (2018 and 2022).

As an IHRB Research Fellow, Lucy focuses on mega-sporting events and human rights. Lucy was the research lead on IHRB's mega-sporting events work from 2011-2016, covering policy research, day-to-day management, partner relations, and giving strategic advice to MSE Organising Committees in Glasgow (2014), Rio (2016) and Tokyo (2020).

From 2000-2009 Lucy was the International Business Leaders Forum Business and Human Rights analyst. Prior to that Lucy was a researcher for EIRIS, having previously interned for arms control think-tank BASIC and Senator John Kerry. From London, Lucy holds a Masters degree from the London School of Economics.

“I want to engage with all stakeholders - whether from within sport, business, government or civil society - keen to put people’s rights first across mega-sporting events.

There are currently no Briefings by Lucy Amis

Over the coming weeks, IHRB is playing a leading role in a series of events aimed at developing credible solutions to the human rights challenges facing organisations such as FIFA and the IOC.

Commentary: Can Mega-sporting events get back on track?

Mega-Sports Events (MSEs) and the sporting federations that organise them are once again under intense scrutiny. Switzerland’s OECD National Contact Point has just approved for further investigation a complaint lodged by the Building and Wood...

20 October 2015

By Lucy Amis, Human Rights and Sport Specialist, Unicef UK; Reseach Fellow, IHRB

FIFA’s leadership would do well to survey the shifting landscape of mega-sporting event governance as they plan for the future.

Commentary: Are sports governing bodies finally on the road to reform?

In the midst of a growing corruption scandal and investigations by US and Swiss authorities, Sepp Blatter has announced his intention to stand down as FIFA President pending a still to be scheduled extraordinary election to select his replacement....

05 June 2015

By Lucy Amis, Human Rights and Sport Specialist, Unicef UK; Reseach Fellow, IHRB

The baton of hosting the Commonwealth Games will soon pass from Glasgow to the organisers of the Gold Coast 2018 Games in Australia.

Commentary: The Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee leads the race on Human Rights. Will other organising committees follow in their wake?

This week the Scottish city of Glasgow gets set to welcome 4,500 athletes from 71 nations as it hosts the XX Commonwealth Games. Potentially a billion people will be watching the Commonwealth Games, the third mega-sporting event (MSE) to be held...

23 July 2014

By Lucy Amis, Human Rights and Sport Specialist, Unicef UK; Reseach Fellow, IHRB

Our report, Striving For Excellence: Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights, includes a series of recommendations for sports governing bodies such as FIFA.

Commentary: Time for action on human rights and mega-sporting events

Last week Mary Robinson and John Ruggie wrote a letter of behalf of IHRB to FIFA President ‘Sepp’ Blatter in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup, urging football’s governing body to fully integrate human rights considerations into its decision-making....

20 June 2014

By Lucy Amis, Human Rights and Sport Specialist, Unicef UK; Reseach Fellow, IHRB

The Queen signs the Commonwealth Charter at Marlborough House in London, 11 March 2013. The Charter is an historic document which brings together, for the first time in the association’s 64-year history, key declarations on Commonwealth principles.

Commentary: The Glasgow 2014 Games and Human Rights – An opportunity to put the new Commonwealth Charter into practice

"On the back of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (London 2012) - which arguably set the gold standard for sustainability at a Mega-Sporting Event (MSE) – and London’s commitment to leave a lasting legacy, expectations for the Glasgow...

16 March 2013

By Lucy Amis, Human Rights and Sport Specialist, Unicef UK; Reseach Fellow, IHRB

Mo Farah celebrates his victory in the Men's 5000 metres at the London 2012 Olympics.

Commentary: London 2012 Olympics: What Legacy for Business and Human Rights?

As the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic experience draws to a close, and the dust starts to settle on Her Majesty the Queen’s James Bond cameo, British-Somali immigrant Mo Farah’s double gold-winning middle-distance running success, and London’s...

11 September 2012

By Lucy Amis, Human Rights and Sport Specialist, Unicef UK; Reseach Fellow, IHRB

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