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The Procedure Before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

January 2007

Since its creation in 1984, some 1200 arbitration requests have been filed before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne and about 500 of those have resulted in an award. These numbers demonstrate the importance of the role the CAS has played in the resolution of sports-related disputes. This newsletter is aimed at presenting, to users of the CAS, the main characteristics of the CAS arbitral institution and explaining a few peculiarities of its procedure. In discussing various aspects of such procedure, including the rationale for the CAS’ creation, the problem of arbitrator independence, and the costs of a CAS procedure, this newsletter intends to act as a short practical guide to CAS arbitration, summarizing what parties should know prior to submitting a dispute before the CAS.

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