Law School Writer | March 29, 2017
A symposium on Friday at Notre Dame Law School explored the growing international impact of sports with presentations by speakers, students, and former Fighting Irish football star Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, ’94 B.A.
The Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law organized the event – named “From Courts of Sport to Courts of Justice: The Impact of International Sports on Individuals, Society, and the World” – with help from several sponsors.
“This isn’t just a journal event. This isn’t just a Law School event. This is a Notre Dame event,” the symposium’s chairman Jim Schwabe, 3L, said at the beginning of the event.
Michael Mercurio, 3L, editor-in-chief of the Journal of International & Comparative Law, said the goal was to organize a one-of-a-kind symposium that combined sports law, international law, and human rights in a way that would appeal to law students and people outside the Law School.
“We thought it was fitting considering Notre Dame’s tradition of excellence in sports and global human rights, and we have incredible alumni who work in the sports industry,” Mercurio said.
The presentations by academics covered topics such as the role that hockey played in the Cold War, advocating before the international Court of Arbitration for Sport, and the Vatican’s view on sport at the service of humanity. Current students at the Law School talked about their research on the human cost of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the employment of forced labor related to the FIFA World Cup, the treatment of women athletes, and the impact that Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union could have on the English Premier League.