Sport and Human Rights

Professor Susan Harris Rimmer has opened a consultancy called the Sport and Human Rights Advisory Service Australia in preparation for the 2032 Brisbane Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Susan provided the independent Human Rights Assessment for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2032 Bid in 2020 and was the Human Rights Adviser to GOLDOC for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Susan was a keynote speaker at the Gender Equality Symposium hosted by the Australian Government during the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Susan is a member of the Academic Network for the Center for Sport and Human Rights 

You can read her chapter in The Routledge Handbook of Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights (2023) with Fleur Cardell on Human rights, police powers and mega-sporting events in Queensland, Australia: Spectacle of security, pp 436-447,The%20Routledge%20Handbook%20of%20Mega%2DSporting%20Events%20and%20Human%20Rights,and%20through%20the%20framework%20of

The Routledge Handbook of Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights is the first book to explore in depth the topic of mega-sporting events (MSEs) and human rights, offering accounts of adverse human rights impacts linked to MSEs while considering the potential for promoting human rights in and through the framework of these events.

Drawing on the contributions of an international group of leading researchers, practitioners and advocates, the book introduces key concepts in human rights and considers how they relate to ethical, social, managerial and governance issues in contemporary MSEs, from inclusion and welfare to corruption and sustainability. It examines the role of key stakeholders in the delivery of MSEs, including organising committees, sport governing bodies, governments, athletes, sponsors and broadcasters, as well as the role of activists and advocates, and presents historical and contemporary case studies of human rights as an active issue in MSEs. The book provides new perspectives on human rights as a lens for understanding modern sport and as a guiding principle for responsible sport that protects the interests of individuals and communities, as well as offering guidance on best practice.

It is essential reading for all advanced students, researchers, practitioners, policymakers and stakeholders with an interest in organisation and delivery of MSEs, as well as general sport management, sport policy, sport governance, the ethics of sport, event management, political science, development studies, ethical business or the significance of sport in wider society.