Call for Participants | “FIFA and Human Rights – From Qatar 2022 to USA 2026” | Webinar hosted by the University of Connecticut, December 7, 2022

Manish Mandal mourns his brother, Kripal Mandal, 39, a Nepali labourer who died in Qatar. Rights groups accused employers in Qatar of exploiting migrant workers. (Shutterstock/Sebastian Castelier)

We welcome you to join another Beyond the Field conversation hosted by the Sport Management Program at Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut. Here is the WebEx webinar registration link. The theme: “FIFA and Human Rights – From Qatar 2022 to USA 2026”, on Wednesday, December 7, 7 pm – 8:15 om EDT. Host: Eli Wolff, University of Connecticut.

This UConn Beyond the Field conversation will focus on examining FIFA in the context of human rights, and particularly the time from Qatar 2022 to the United States 2026. The session will explore the challenges and opportunities for advancing a human rights agenda before, during and after a World Cup. We will address the role and responsibility of FIFA and its obligations to established international human rights, and discuss the role of athletes, leaders, civil society and advocates. The conversation will examine and bring attention to lessons learned and potential recommendations from Qatar 2022 that can be prioritized and highlighted for the USA in 2026.

Speaker: Andrea Florence, Director, Sport & Rights Alliance

An experienced human rights lawyer, feminist activist and campaigner, Andrea has spent over a decade fostering people-led social movements to drive systemic change. Andrea has a long track-record building networks, developing and implementing advocacy and campaigning strategies, supporting internal organizational capacity, as well programming philanthropic funding.

Previously, she has worked as Campaigns Coordinator at Amnesty International Brazil and led the Children Win campaign at Terre des Hommes. Passionate about using creative ways to advance human rights, Andrea has coordinated a range of different “artivism” projects, including hope-based videos for global campaigns, direct action with renowned artists and musicians as well as unbranded communication.

Andrea received her Law Degree from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo and is a certified lawyer in São Paulo (Brazil). She holds a Master in International Law by the Graduate Institute in Geneva, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Human Rights by the University of Zurich and a Masters specialization at Université Paris I-Sorbonne. Andrea speaks Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and German.


Chen Chen (陳晨), PhD (he/him/his)
Assistant Professor, Sport Management
Department of Educational Leadership, Neag School of Education,
with affiliations in Asian and Asian American Studies Institute (AAASI), Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS),
Faculty Affiliate for Inclusive Excellence, The Graduate School,
University of Connecticut


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