2019 Symposium

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Behind the Games: The Effect of the Olympics on Host Cities

Friday, April 12 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m | UConn School of Law, Hartford

The Olympic Games have long been celebrated as a beacon of international cooperation, a pinnacle of human achievement, and a catalyst for positive change. Nevertheless, debate rages as to whether the Games are in fact a benefit to the cities that host them. Following each closing ceremony, communities, activists, and economists question whether the opportunities for positive change have been realized. Analyzing the differences between a successful and a destructive Olympic Games provides valuable instruction in successful event planning, which can be implemented in future local, regional, and national events.

Our panels will focus on the capacity of the Games to serve as either an instrument for advocacy or for the suppression of human rights protections, the land use and urban development strategies implemented by host cities and organizers, and the economic impacts and viability of the Games.

We invite you to join legal scholars, leading economists, and practitioners in exploring these issues. Participants are encouraged to attend the networking reception at the end of the day.

Continental breakfast/lunch will be served. Eligible for CT CLE Credits (General).