The International Bar Association (IBA) is holding a panel discussion entitled: “FIFA & the World Cup: Is the Era of Impunity for Corruption and Widespread Human Rights Violations Coming to an End?”
The event will be held on July 28 (Tuesday) from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the law firm of Foley Hoag at 1717 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. Lunch will be served.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s resignation just days after the dramatic arrest of 14 FIFA officials and sports marketing executives shook the world of soccer/football.
Did this mark the beginning of the end of FIFA’s notoriously corrupt practices (e.g., allegedly rigging World Cup bids, entering into shady marketing and broadcasting deals)?
How strong is the case against these 14 individuals, and how might their convictions affect FIFA and future World Cups?
Separately, have countless media reports about human rights abuses connected to the World Cup — including the construction-related deaths of over 1,000 migrant workers in Qatar (World Cup 2022) — made it harder for future host countries to allow abuses to occur on their soil?
Will major FIFA sponsors, such as McDonalds, Adidas, Walmart and Coca Cola, play a meaningful role in addressing these and other human rights issues?
Among the panelists will be Jessica Tillipman, senior editor of the FCPA Blog and assistant dean at the George Washington University Law School and Shruti Shah, a contributing editor of the FCPA Blog and vice president of programs and operations at Transparency International-USA.
Also appearing will Alexandra Wrage, the founder and president of Trace International and of Trace International and a member of FIFA’s independent governance committee until she resigned in 2013.
Joining them will be Motoko Aizawa, managing director of the USA Institute for Human Rights and Business, and Katie Shay, the legal and policy coordinator of the remedy program, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable.
The program moderator will be Michael Maya, the director of the International Bar Association (North America).
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