Revitalising a Phantom Regime: the Adjudication of Human Rights Complaints in Sport

This academic article makes two assertions. First, that the current system for adjudicating human rights complaints in sport lacks cohesion, effectiveness and credibility; it is consequently a ‘phantom regime’. Second, that the best means of addressing the accountability gap created by this phantom regime is through a closer alliance with principles of public international law. The article then examines the case for a specialist Court of Arbitration for Sport and Human Rights. In doing so, it will seek to emphasise the value of a functional adjudicatory system to the overall effectiveness of human rights protections in sport, and consider how best this objective might be achieved.

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