The Rio 16 Olympic Games: no gold medal for human rights respect

Cícero Krupp da Luz, Robson Soares Leite


Mega-events are singular moments for States to improve their reputation and status to the international level, and to governments to gain support to the domestic level, showing their competence to organize and host an international event. Although it has public appeal, public money, and a global public good, they are mainly fostered by private organizations, which are sponsored and associated with private transnational corporations. Consequently, the World Cup, the Olympic Games and other sports mega-events are a very interesting point of rights controversies between domestic-constitutional law and transnational-global stateless regulations. Specially in Brazil, those mega-events have showed an impressive case of suspension of human rights in favor to the mega-event accomplishment as the violation of labor rights, political freedom, corruption, the costs of the stadiums, the emergency infrastructure, the tax privileges, environmental laws, and the displacement of vulnerable families. The research question aims to perceive the configuration of how the sports mega-events manage to build the state of exception around it, specially concerning the Brazil’s case. The objective of the paper is to explore the impact of transnational mega-events in domestic Law, where the demands of these mega-events, especially those concerning the lasts World Cups and Olympic Games are suggesting patterns of human rights and constitutional Law suspension. The theoretical approach aims to dialogue with the perspectives of biopolitics theory and the state of exception conceptions.


Keywords: State of Exception; Mega-events; Environmental Law; 2016 Olympic Games; International Law.


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