As today is the kickoff for the FIFA World Cup 2006 (football or soccer for you non-sports fans, and “football” or “soccer” depending on where you are and what your inclinations are, perhaps even “futbol”.) I thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of the legal aspects of the World Cup. It seems that is not just the world cup of futbol, but also for lawyers. Some of the primary legal areas include: Employment law (all those getting sick around the time their favourite squad takes the pitch), the sex-trade (some countries have legalized, others have not and issues that have arisen) and Intellectual Property (FIFA is very protective of everything World Cup-ish). With a few other areas that are also very interesting.
Lawyers and the World Cup:
From the London Times: Lawyers get World Cup fever
From the London Times: World Cup impossible to stage without lawyers
From Yahoo: England looks to the law for peaceful Cup: England to use banning orders to prevent hooligans from attending World Cup.
Mark D. West, University of Michigan Law School: Legal Determinants of World Cup Success “Using LLSV methodology, this Article examines the relation between legal protections and soccer success, using as the dependent variable the number of points each country has in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings.”
From the BBC:
World Cup will test law allowing extended drinking hours
From: Deutsche Welle: FIFA Faces Legal Action Over World Cup Image Rights – The world’s media is threatening to take legal action against FIFA unless soccer’s governing body lifts the restrictions it has imposed on coverage at this year’s World Cup.
From: Deutsche Welle: McDonald’s, Coke Run Afoul of German Law with Ball-Bottle
From Spiegel Online: Germany’s sex trade
From the New York Times: U.S. Warns Germany About Sex Trafficking
From the London Times: Prepare your workplace for the World Cup
From the Register: Five tips for employers to beat World Cup fever
From the Register:Watching World Cup online could land you in court
From Yahoo: Head of German Public Services Union “Verdi” states Workers need time to watch World Cup
Th to Workplace Prof Blog: A Netherlands insurer has offered a policy to cover World Cup Sick days
From International Herald Tribune: World Cup plans anti-racism defense
From Telegraph.co.uk: Don’t mention the war, World Cup fans told: Laws in Germany against glorifying the Third Reich