Dean Emeritus Roberts Hearing Cases for CAS in Sochi for Olympic Winter Games
Dean Emeritus Gary Roberts is already working on cases in Sochi, Russia, as part of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ad hoc Division. The group is charged with settling legal disputes related to the XCXII Olympic Winter Games.
Cases he’ll be asked to decide, Roberts said, will most likely center around an athlete or judge’s eligibility, or a challenge to the outcome of an event.
(In the photo at left are Dean Emeritus Gary Roberts and his wife, Donna Carr, in front of the Olympic Rings at one of the athletes’ villages.”
Despite the fact that he’s already doing CAS work, Roberts and his wife, Donna Carr, have had opportunities to do some exploring of the Olympic venues and the sights around Sochi. Carr has noted the tight security in place to keep the venues and all the participants, from the athletes to the spectators, safe. A couple of days before the Games were set to begin, she also reported on the thousands of workers who were still working furiously to complete their tasks. Cruise ships are docked nearby to provide additional hotel space for guests.
(In the photo below at right are two German athletes posing on the Olympic Rings at one of the athletes’ villages.)
Roberts, dean emeritus and the Gerald L. Bepko Professor of Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, is an expert in sports law. He’ll rely on his 30 years of experience in the sports law industry and his decade of experience as a sports arbitrator as he works at the Games. The Olympic Winter Games conclude February 23.
(In the photo at left is an ice sculpture in front of a chalet decorated by banners for the Czech Republic at one of the athletes’ villages.)
The CAS is a permanent arbitration institution founded in 1984 that specializes in the resolution of sports law disputes. It has its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, with decentralized offices in New York and Sydney, and Alternative Hearing Centres in Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Cairo. It has nearly 300 arbitrators coming from 85 countries. The CAS handles approximately 400 cases per year.