The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

General presentation

Birth of CAS

In 1981, the newly elected International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, H.E. Juan Antonio Samaranch had the idea of creating a sports-specific jurisdiction capable of settling international disputes and offering a flexible, quick and inexpensive procedure. The task was entrusted to the International Court of Justice together with IOC member H.E. Judge Kéba Mbaye, who chaired a working group in charge of preparing the statutes of what would quickly become the “Court of Arbitration for Sport” (CAS), an arbitral jurisdiction devoted to resolving disputes directly or indirectly related to sport.

In 1983, the IOC officially ratified the statutes of the CAS, which came into force on 30 June 1984.

The CAS Statute of 1984 was accompanied by a set of procedural Regulations. Under these rules, the CAS was composed of 60 members appointed by the IOC, the...

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