Dean Roberts to Attend 2014 Olympic Winter Games as Part of Court of Arbitration for Sport


Dean Gary R. Roberts has been appointed to the Ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and will be part of the group that will be on hand for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in February 2014. He was named to the CAS in Spring 2012. Dean Roberts is one of the few sports law leaders across the globe entrusted with this decision-making responsibility.

“This is truly amazing – a wonderful surprise and great honor,” Dean Roberts said.

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, with branch offices in New York City and Sydney, Australia, CAS was set up under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee and provides services to facilitate the settlement of sports-related disputes through arbitration or mediation by means of procedural rules adapted to sports’ specific needs. Most CAS disputes are handled in much the same way a court case would be, under pre-hearing and hearing rules and procedures established by the court itself.

With the leadership of the International Olympic Committee, the CAS was allowed to become independent in the early 1990s, which gave it international credibility. Over the following few years all international sports federations agreed that all disputes to which they or any teams, coaches, or athletes under their jurisdiction were parties would be submitted for final binding arbitration to the CAS, and not to national courts. Roughly 250 lawyers with extensive backgrounds in sports law have been appointed as judges or members of the CAS by the CAS’s governing board, the International Court of Arbitration for Sport. It is from this group that the Ad Hoc Division is chosen.

A recognized expert in sports law, Dean Roberts has published several articles and book chapters on antitrust, labor, and other issues in the sports industry, and has co-authored the leading casebook on sports law. He has served as president of the Sports Lawyers Association and as chairman of the Association of American Law Schools Sports Law Section. He is currently an officer and board member of The Sports Lawyers Association. He is a certified commercial and sports arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association (2005 - present). He is also a founding member and member of the board of directors for the International Association of Sports Professionals and Executives (2004 - present). He has led the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law since 2007, and will step down as dean on June 30, 2013.

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