Dean Emeritus Roberts Watching the Games While Working for CAS


Dean Emeritus Gary RobertsIt hasn’t all been work during the Olympic Winter Games for Dean Emeritus Gary Roberts.

Roberts and his wife, Donna Carr, were at the hockey game between the United States and the Russian Federation on February 15. They got to witness first-hand the U.S. beat Russia in a shootout.

Later that evening, Roberts and Carr were at curling match, where they met Vernon Davis, tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, and a curler. The following day, they saw the ice dancing competition, and were on hand for the finals on February 17, where Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the first-ever gold medal in ice dancing for the United States.

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, for the Games 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. Roberts is an expert in sports law and one of nine arbitrators selected for the tribunal.

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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