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Spotlight on The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
In the world of sports, conflicts are resolved before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), seated in Lausanne, Switzerland. And the rulebook everyone has to follow is its Code of Sports-related Arbitration.
The CAS was created in 1984, originally linked to the IOC (the International Olympic Committee), but its current structure dates back to 1994 and the creation of the ICAS (the International Council of Arbitration for Sport). The ICAS is an independent body that oversees the activities of the CAS, and it was set up to make sure that the CAS would not be linked to or influenced by the IOC, and that it could function as an independent, fair and impartial organization. The ICAS is composed of 20 members named by different sports federations and organizations, all with a sound legal background, and frequently former athletes.
The CAS is recognized worldwide as a specialized court of arbitration. The decisions of its arbitral tribunals are often scrutinized, and regularly enforced, by judicial courts around the world. The awards of its arbitral tribunals fall under the scope of the New York Convention of 1958 and are enforceable in all signatory nations (nowadays around 160 countries). Because the CAS is headquartered in Switzerland, Swiss courts are the ones most frequently seized when matters subject to the CAS end up before the Judiciary, and today there is well-developed case law about sports-related arbitration.
For more information about CAS, please read our CAS Factsheet found in our publications module.
More information about the CAS, its history and its rules, including the full text of arbitral awards, can be found at the website (www.tas-cas.org), in English and French.