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ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

Large-scale sport events in times of megalomania: Bigger, better, more expensive. Sustainable?

Presented by: Sports Law Commission; Real Estate Commission; Environmental and Energy Law Commission

Workshop #2

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

 Wednesday, 4 September

 14:00 – 16:00

Sforza B+C room; Level B-C (-2 floor)

DESCRIPTION

Bigger, better, more expensive: This seems to be the slogan of every large-scale sport event, no matter if it is the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup. Billions are spent to host such events, but at what price? Often, infrastructure built disintegrates unused after the event, with no perspective of long-term investments ahead. In an era of increased scrutiny of sustainable investing, it seems that sustainability is not top of mind for organisers of large-scale sport events However, the world is changing.

Organisations like the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are setting an example by adopting sustainability practices in their events and promoting green building standards. Is this enough or should there be stricter measures? The joint session of the Sports Law Sub-commission, the Real Estate Commission and the Environmental and Energy Law Commission aims to examine how infrastructure for large-scale sport events can be built in a sustainable way, with positive benefits to the host community. Speakers from different countries and backgrounds will discuss these topics.

 

Detailed schedule:

Bigger, better, more expensive: This seems to be the slogan of every large-scale sport event, no matter if it is the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup. Often, infrastructure built disintegrates unused after the event, with no perspective of long-term investments ahead.

The abandoned buildings (and huge invested amounts) of large scale sport events are arguably investments that stand in contrast to the UN Development Goals (especially Nr. 1 No Poverty, Nr. 4 Quality Education, Nr. 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities).

In this session we will in a first part have a look at the past and the lessons learned thereof. In a second part we will learn about environmental issues of infrastructure planning.

Speaker:

  • Thomas Wehrli, Pachmann Attorneys at Law (Switzerland)

Past experience and outlook in connection to the UN Development Goals

Speaker:

  • François Carrard, former Director General International Olympic Committee (Switzerland)

3-sentence wrap up and moderation of questions to Mr Carrard.

Introduction of Mads Fuglesang and Paul Bassett

Speaker: Martin Foerster

  • Oslo 2022 – The environmental side to infrastructure planning: A real live example.

Speaker: Mads Fuglesang, Selmer (Norway)

  • Overview of the Oslo Olympic bid and the environmental infrastructure planning

Speaker: Paul Bassett, Mason Hayes & Curran (Ireland)

  • The Green new Deal – Are green building standards (BREAM, LEES or DGNB) the solution for sport facilities?

An introduction to green building standards and how they could be applied/are applied to sport facilities

Introduction:

  • Thomas Wehrli, Pachmann Attorneys at Law (Switzerland)

Panel discussion

Moderator:

  • Laura Manz, Kellerhals Carrard (Switzerland)

Speakers:

  • José Miguel Algorta, ESTUDIO ALGORTA & Asociados (Uruguay)
  • Thilo Pachmann, Pachmann Attorneys at Law (Switzerland)
  • Marco Gardino, R&P Legal (Italy)

How could large-scale sport events help to reach the UN Development Goals?

  • Strict rules e.g. on literacy, poverty etc. before making investments in large scale sport events?
  • Give guidelines on expropriation of land for project works?
  • Labour regulation? i.e. Qatar football stadiums
  • Pressure of sponsoring?

What could be meaningful sustainability standards for large-scale sports events?

SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

Francois Carrard

Francois Carrard

(Previously at) International Olympic Committee, Switzerland

Speaker

Mads Fuglesang

Mads Fuglesang

Selmer, Norway

Speaker

Cristina Siani

Cristina Siani

World Superbike Championship, Italy

Speaker

Thilo Pachmann

Thilo Pachmann

Pachmann Attorneys at Law, Switzerland

Speaker

Paul Bassett

Paul Bassett

Mason Hayes & Curran, Ireland

Speaker

Marco Gardino

Marco Gardino

R&P Legal, Italy

Speaker

Laura Manz

Laura Manz

Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland

Moderator

Martin Foerster

Martin Foerster

Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbHm, AUSTRIA

Moderator

GENERAL REPORTERS

Jeroen De Coninck

Jeroen De Coninck

Advocatenkantoor De Coninck, Belgium

Thomas Wehrli

Thomas Wehrli

Pachmann Attorneys at Law, Switzerland

Bernd Hauck

Bernd Hauck

KELLERHALS CARRARD, SWITZERLAND

Daria Capotorto

Daria Capotorto

MGM- Studio Legale, Italy

Martin Foerster

Martin Foerster

Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH, AUSTRIA

Eoin Cassidy

Eoin Cassidy

Mason Hayes & Curran, Ireland