Nolot Seminars is organising an On-Line Seminar or Webinar on 15 October 2020 at 14:00 CET on International Sports Arbitration at a particularly challenging time for the sports industry.

Sport is big business globally and is worth more than 3% of world trade. In the European Union (EU), comprising some 446 million people, sport accounts for 2.12 % of the combined GDP of the twenty-seven Member States; and sports-related employment is accountable for 5.67 million people, that is, 2,72 % of EU employment.

Sport is now a product in its own right. And, football, for example, is not only the world’s favourite game, but also the world’s most lucrative sport.

Likewise, the Olympic Games have been well described as the ‘greatest sporting show on earth’ and generate billions of dollars – not least from the sale of broadcasting and new media rights as well as corporate sponsorship under the ‘TOP’ Programme.

With all this money circulating in sport, there is much at stake both on and off the field of play.

Apart from ‘normal’ times, the COVID-19 Pandemic is also adding to the general volume of sports-related disputes and the corresponding legal claims as a result of the cancellation and postponement of many international sporting events around the world.

In view of all this, it is not surprising, therefore, that sports legal disputes are on the increase. The question then arises: how best to settle them? Traditionally, through the Courts? Or the modern way, through ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)? That is, mainly by arbitration or mediation or a combination of the two – ‘med-arb’. Mediation to identify the issues and, if mediation is not successful, arbitration to settle them.

The international sporting community has long preferred to settle their disputes ‘within the family of sport’ and in private. That is ‘extra-judicially’ by ADR. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was set up for this very purpose in 1984 and is now registering between 550 and 600 new cases each year.

Many of these cases involve doping infractions. two such cases involve the former professional footballer, Adrian Mutu, and the Olympic speed skater, Claudia Pechstein.

Following appeals to CAS and the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, they took their cases to the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that their rights to a fair trial under Article 6.1 of the European Convention on Human Rights had been infringed.

The European Court of Human Rights issued its Decision on 2 October 2018 and became final and binding on 5 February 2019 following an unsuccessful Appeal to the Grand Chamber of the Court.

The Seminar will examine the Court’s Decision and its effect on the CAS and the future of the sports arbitration system.

Also covered are the recent landmark CAS Awards in the dispute between Manchester City FC and UEFA, regarding the alleged breach of the Financial Fair Play Regulations, and the dispute between Caster Semenya and the IAAF, regarding the fairness of their new Rules on Differences of Sexual Development, as well as the recent European Court of Human Rights Decision in the Omer Riza case, regarding the independence of the Turkish Football Federation Arbitration Bodies, will also be covered.

The Seminar will be interactive, with opportunities throughout for questions, comments and discussion, and led by the leading International Sports Lawyer, Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw, and will be delivered via ‘Zoom’ on Thursday, 15 October 2020, between 14 00 and 16 00 (CET).

The costs of this 2 hours webinar are 190 EUR . Included in this fee are extensive notes and literature on the subject.

Subscribe to this webinar by sending an e-mail with your name and affilition to info@sportslawandtaxation.com. A detailed progamme and invoice will be send to you subsequently.

More information may be obtained by e-mailing info@sportslawandtaxation.