Mega-Event Commercial Rights Protection and Human Rights

  • Andre M. Louw
Part of the ASSER International Sports Law Series book series (ASSER)


This chapter will conclude the more specific consideration of the impact of special event commercial rights protection on traditional legal principles, by briefly examining the potential human rights implications of such laws. It will examine issues such as the impact of anti-ambushing laws on free speech and on constitutionally protected property rights and the freedom of trade. The discussion will focus attention on the urgent need for the legal fraternity to seriously consider the implications and legitimacy of mega-event commercial monopolies in the context of the global political economy and, specifically, developmental states such as South Africa, India and Brazil, who are more and more frequently bidding for and successfully acquiring the rights to host mega-events, and then called upon to pass laws which undermine fundamental principles of their hard-fought constitutional democracies.


Trade Mark Free Speech Event Organiser Street Trading Super Bowl 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law, Howard College CampusUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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