Behind the Games: The Effect of the Olympics on Host Cities


Friday, April 12, 2019 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290


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.


Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. This event is free for students, faculty, and staff; $60 for practitioners and other guests. Eligible for Connecticut CLE Credits (General).


Tarek Chatila
Tatyana Marugg


If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at at least two weeks in advance.