IBA Annual Conference Paris 2023

29 Oct - 3 Nov 2023

Room 241, Level 2

Session information

Sports arbitration under attack: what solutions to what issues?

Tuesday 31 October (1430 - 1545)

Room 241, Level 2


Arbitration Committee (Lead)
Sports Law Subcommittee


This session will address the challenges that sports tribunals face, in particular the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and assess what improvements are being proposed. The main topics on which the panellists will debate will include:

  • Why is CAS arbitration characterised as "forced arbitration"? How to tackle problems of consent and access to justice for athletes?
  • What arbitrator disclosures for what conflicts - are repeated appointments problematic?
  • Interim measures: before sports tribunals or state courts?
  • Appeals: to whom and for what grounds?

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

David Casserly SC Law Library, Dublin, Ireland; Chair, Sports Law Subcommittee
Kate Porter Vela Wood PC, Dallas, Texas, USA


Miguel Liétard Fédération Internationale de Football Association , Zürich, Switzerland
Matthieu Reeb Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland
Annett Rombach Klinkert Partners Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB, Frankfurt, Germany
Janie Soublière Soublière Sports Law, Montréal, Québec, Canada