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ECtHR/Switzerland: Compulsory Co-Ed Swim Classes Do Not Infringe Freedom of Religion

(Jan. 24, 2017) On January 10, 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held unanimously that a decision of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, which upheld an administrative fine for the refusal of Muslim parents to send their 9- and 11-year-old daughters to compulsory co-ed swim lessons as part of their schooling, did not […]

Sweden: Separate Swimming Hours by Gender Justifiable

(Jan. 12, 2017) The Swedish Diskrimineringsombudsmannen (DO, Equality Ombudsman) has issued two decisions on the legality of separate hours for men and women at public indoor pools. (Press Release, Könsseparerade simhallstider kan vara diskriminering [Gender-Segregated Pool Hours May Be Discriminatory], DO website (Dec. 14, 2016).) The role of the Equality Ombudsman is regulated by the […]

Australia: New South Wales Government Announces Greyhound Racing Ban

On July 7, 2016, the New South Wales premier, Mike Baird, announced that a state ban on greyhound racing would come into effect on July 1, 2017, making New South Wales (NSW) the first Australian state to ban the sport.  (Press Release, NSW Government, Greyhound Racing to Be Shut Down in NSW (July 7, 2016), […]

Russia: Supreme Court Ruling on Sports Contracts

(Dec. 9, 2015) On November 24, 2015, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation issued a ruling on resolving labor disputes involving athletes and sports team coaches. (Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Ruling No. 52 on the Application by Courts of Laws Regulating the Work of Sportsmen and Coaches (Nov. 24, 2015), Supreme Court […]

Brazil: No Tourist Visa Required for Entry During 2016 Olympic Games

(Nov. 3, 2015) On October 28, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a law that waives the requirement for foreigners to have a tourist visa to enter the country during the Olympic Games, which will take place in Brazil in 2016. (Mariana Jungmann, Senado Aprova Dispensa de Visto para Turistas Durante Olimpíada de 2016, AGÊNCIA BRASIL […]

Japan: Sports Agency Established, Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics Special Act Enacted

(June 5, 2015) The Diet (Japan’s parliament) has adopted two acts that are designed to support preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. One is an amendment to the Act on Establishment of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); it was promulgated on May 20, 2015. (Act No. 21, 2015, […]

Brazil: No Violent Fans for the World Cup

(June 23, 2014) On June 10, 2014, the Ministry of Justice published Administrative Act No. 933, which provides that entrance into the country is to be denied during Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup to anyone who is included in the National System of Wanted Persons (Sistema Nacional de Procurados e Impedidos) as a “member […]

Russia: New Rules for Sports Fans Introduced

(Feb. 11, 2014) On January 20, 2014, a government regulation entitled On Rules for Spectators’ Behavior at Official Sports Events entered into force. (Government Regulation No. 1156 of December 16, 2013 [in Russian] [hereinafter Regulation], ROSSIISKAIA GAZETA (Dec. 19, 2013).) The Regulation appears to be a response to increased violence and intolerance recently demonstrated by […]

Russia: Federal Law to Regulate Soccer Tournaments

(July 12, 2013) On June 8, 2013, in line with preparations for the Soccer World Cup, which will be held in Russia in 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a law that provides for the increased involvement of federal and local government authorities in the building of infrastructure for this tournament and in supervising the […]