Dean Emeritus Roberts Continues Service at Olympic Winter Games


Dean Emeritus Gary RobertsWhile continuing his service at the XCXII Olympic Winter Games, Gary Roberts has been able to indulge in watching what appears to have become a new favorite sport of his: curling.

Roberts, dean emeritus and the Gerald L. Bepko Professor of Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, is in Sochi, Russia, with his wife, Donna Carr.

Roberts is an expert in sports law and one of nine arbitrators selected to sit on a tribunal, known as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ad hoc Division, charged with settling all legal disputes related to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Roberts and Carr sat near two members of the World Curling Federation during the opening day of the curling competition. The Curling Federation members filled in the couple on the fine points of the sport.

Olympics pins from SochiAn Olympic tradition is collecting and trading Olympic pins, according to Carr, and she has become adept at doing both. The most sought-after pins are those that aren’t available for purchase, but rather have been created specifically for teams, sponsors, and media affiliates. She was given a rare Olympic torch pin by a security worker. Pin protocol dictates that pins worn on Olympic credentials are available for trade, Carr explained.

“The Pin system is also a great way to meet people,” she said. “Quite often when we pass by someone, they check your credential strap to see if you have something they want and it opens the conversation.”

Roberts’ purpose for being in Sochi for the Games is to hear cases as an arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ad hoc Division. Cases can arise because of a positive drug test, a challenge to the athlete’s country of residence, or a question about the athlete’s gender. Cases also can result when the claimant argues that the rules weren’t followed, the equipment didn’t function properly, or the judges or referees were biased or corrupted.

The International Council of Arbitration for Sport administers and finances the Court of Arbitration for Sport, a permanent arbitration institution headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. The International Council of Arbitration for Sport has set up its CAS ad hoc Division at each summer and winter Olympic Games since 1996. The Games conclude February 23.

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