Through Challenges and Disruptions: Evolution of the Lex Olympica

Start Time: 
Friday, 20 September, 2024 - 09:00 to 18:00

The Inland School of Business and Social Sciences proudly presents a workshop that delves into the intriguing evolution of the lex olympica over the past 128 years. Scheduled for the 20th of September 2024, from 09:00 to 18:00, this event promises to be a comprehensive exploration of the legal framework governing the Olympic Movement.



Since the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896, the lex olympica, underpinned by the Olympic Charter, has undergone remarkable transformations. These changes have not only expanded its scope but also heightened its complexity and relevance. The workshop aims to dissect these alterations, viewing them through the lens of challenges and disruptions encountered by the Olympic Games over time.

From boycotts to armed conflicts, from commercialization to critiques on human rights and sustainability, the Olympics have weathered numerous storms. These challenges have served as catalysts for change within the lex olympica, prompting responses from various stakeholders, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), National Olympic Committees (NOCs), athletes, and governments.


Keynote Speakers

Distinguished keynote speakers will grace the event with their insights:

  • Jörg Krieger, Associate Professor at Aarhus University and co-leader of the Lillehammer Olympic and Paralympic Studies Center.
  • Mark James, Professor of Sports Law at Manchester Metropolitan, University and Editor-in-Chief of the International Sports Law Journal.

Call for Papers

The workshop invites scholars, sports lawyers, and historians to submit abstracts exploring the evolution of the lex olympica. Deadline for abstract submission is June 15, 2024. Accepted contributions may be considered for publication in a special issue of the International Sports Law Journal.

Conference Location: 
Red Tower by Paul Brand (INN University)
Lillehammer Olympic and Paralympic Studies Center (LOSC)

Yuliya Chernykh

Associate Professor

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