IHRB’s work on sport, particularly mega-sporting events (MSEs) began in 2012. From 2015 IHRB developed and served as secretariat for the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights (MSE Platform), a coalition of international and intergovernmental organisations, governments, sports governing bodies, athletes, unions, sponsors, broadcasters, and civil society groups, collaborating to develop an evidence base, and supporting all actors in implementing their human rights responsibilities. This resulted in the launch in 2018 of the independent Centre for Sport and Human Rights

Our work has shown that while MSEs have great potential to advance human rights, through job creation, employability, new social housing, and urban regeneration, these events can also be associated with serious violations of human rights. Despite two decades of growing international attention to the sector, recurring areas of concern include forced evictions, construction deaths, migrant worker exploitation, sweatshop labour, restrictions on protesters and street-vendors, and discrimination on and off the sport field.

The Centre for Sport and Human Rights recognises that sport has the power to be a uniting force for good in society in ways little else can. By harnessing this power and acting collectively, the diversity of actors involved in the world of sport have the potential to deliver concrete impacts for those affected by sport and beyond sport. The Centre works towards a vision of a world of sport that fully respects human rights by sharing knowledge, building capacity, and strengthening the accountability of all actors through collective action and promotion of the Sporting Chance Principles.