Join us for CAS: The Supreme Court of Sports at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics -- TUESDAY, AUGUST 30 -- NOON EDT

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  “CAS”: The “Supreme Court of Sports” at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET  

Teleconference Only

A non-CLE program proudly presented by
the ABA Section of International Law

Sponsored by
the Section of International Law International Arbitration Committee

Co-sponsored by

the Sports Lawyers Association (“SLA”), the Sport and Recreation Law Association (“SRLA”), the American Society of International Law (“ASIL”), the Inter-American Bar Association ("IABA"), and the National Association of Women Judges ("NAWJ"), in addition to the ABA Section of Litigation, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section ("TIPS"), ABA Judicial Division (“JD”), ABA Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice (“CRSJ”), ABA Young Lawyers Division (“YLD”), ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (“SOGI”), as well as the Section of International Law International Litigation Committee, International Mediation Committee, International Courts Committee, International Judicial Affairs Committee, International Human Rights Committee, International Investment & Development Committee, U.N. & International Organizations Committee, NGO & Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee, Latin America & Caribbean Committee, China Committee, Middle East Committee, Canada Committee, Russia/Eurasia Committee, Europe Committee, Mexico Committee, Africa Committee, India Committee, Asia/Pacific Committee, Women’s Interest Network (“WIN”), Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Network (“GIN”), and Seasoned Lawyers Interest Network ("SIN").


The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio captured the attention of the world – and also spawned a record-setting number of high-profile disputes involving athletes from countries around the globe, competing in a broad range of Olympic events.

Nicknamed the "Supreme Court of Sport," the Court of Arbitration for Sport ("CAS"), a special international arbitral institution headquartered in Lausanne, is charged with deciding such Olympics disputes, generally within 24 hours (or less).

The CAS’s Ad Hoc Division has operated on-site at each Summer and Winter Olympics since Atlanta 1996, deciding disputes such as athlete qualifications and eligibility, disciplinary matters, and challenges to the results of competition, as well as appeals in doping cases.  In Rio, the 12 arbitrators of the Ad Hoc Division heard a whopping 28 cases (besting the previous record of 15 cases set at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics).

In addition, this year, for the first time in history, doping-related disputes (previously first heard by the International Olympic Committee) were decided in the first instance by a second CAS Division, the Anti-Doping Division, also sited in Rio.

The specialization of its arbitrators, the flexibility and speed of its procedure, its publication of persuasive authority in appeals cases, and the international respect that it has earned have made CAS the preferred forum worldwide for lex sportiva.

Pour yourself a caipirinha, dance a little samba, and join us for an exclusive, post-Olympic “insider’s briefing” – featuring the President of the CAS Ad Hoc Tribunal for the 2016 Summer Olympics himself – reporting on the Court of Arbitration for Sport and its unique caseload in Rio!

Michael Lenard, President, Ad Hoc Division, Court of Arbitration for Sport, 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Grant Hanessian, Baker & McKenzie LLP, New York
Kabir Duggal, Baker & McKenzie LLP, New York
Hon. Delissa A. Ridgway, U.S. Court of International Trade, New York

Registration Rates:
$15 - Section of International Law Members
$25 - Non-Section of International Law Members


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