The Connecticut Journal of International Law presents a symposium on the Olympic Games, which have long been celebrated as a beacon of international cooperation, a pinnacle of human achievement, and a catalyst for positive change. Nevertheless, debate rages as to whether the Games benefit the cities that host them. Following each closing ceremony, communities, activists, and economists question whether the opportunities for positive change have been realized. Analyzing the differences between a successful and a destructive Olympic Games provides valuable instruction in successful event planning, which can be implemented in future local, regional, and national events.
Our panels will focus on the capacity of the Games to serve as either an instrument for advocacy or for the suppression of human rights protections, the land use and urban development strategies implemented by host cities and organizers, and the economic impacts and viability of the Games.
We invite you to join legal scholars, leading economists, and practitioners in exploring these issues. Participants are encouraged to attend the networking reception at the end of the day.