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About Us

The Centre for Sport and Human Rights is a human rights organisation for the world of sport.

Our mission is to advance a world of sport that fully respects and promotes human rights by generating awareness, building capacity and delivering impact. We pursue our mission by upholding and promoting the Sporting Chance Principles, engaging those affected and strengthening accountability through collective action in:

  • Enabling Prevention of human rights violations linked to sport;
  • Ensuring Remedy that is effective, accessible and available for those who experience human rights abuses; and
  • Harnessing Opportunities to promote human rights in sport that contribute to positive impacts and benefits for all.


We are chaired by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and registered as a Charity.

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Meet our Founding Chair Mary Robinson, Chief Executive Mary Harvey, our team members, Board of Directors, Special Advisors and Research Fellows.

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Advisory Council

We bring together an unprecedented alliance of organisations to align sport with the principles of human rights.

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Annual Activity Report

Our 2021 Activity Report shows how we completed the process to become an independent organisation, established a new governance structure, recruited a diverse and experienced Board of Directors, launched new digital platforms and created our strategy for the years ahead.

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Launched in June 2018, the Centre is the outcome of many years of work by its Advisory Council to align sport with human rights.

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We are funded by donations from our Advisory Council, balancing our income from a range of governments, foundations, sports bodies, and companies.

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Check out our current vacancies, academic placements for students and internships.

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Sporting Chance Principles

Our 10 principles for sport speak to solidarity, fair play, the preservation of human dignity, and commitment to non-discrimination.