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McKinney School of Law Dean Named to Court of Arbitration for Sport

Bill Brooks (left to right), Dean Gary R. Roberts and Julie Roe Lach
Bill Brooks (left to right), Dean Gary R. Roberts and Julie Roe Lach View print-quality image


April 5, 2012

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Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Dean Gary R. Roberts is a new judge/member of the international organization that arbitrates sports-related disputes, such as cases involving doping rule violations.

Roberts is among the sports law leaders appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, with branch offices in New York City and Sydney, Australia, CAS is independent of any sports organization and helps facilitate the settlement of sports-related disputes through arbitration or mediation by means of procedural rules adapted to sports’ specific needs.

“It is a great honor and responsibility to be appointed as a judge/member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport,” Roberts said. “The CAS is the single most important sports-related organization in the world, making sure that athletic competition in over 100 different sports is honest and fair, and that commercial relationships are carried out in predictable and rational ways. Without the guiding leadership and oversight of the CAS, sports around the world would be chaotic and lack the integrity so critical to both athletic and commercial success.”

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.

“Shortly after the Butch Reynolds doping case in the early 1990s, it became clear how problematic it was to allow civil courts in every country to decide whether an athlete had violated doping rules in his or her respective country and was thus ineligible to represent that country in competitions,” Roberts said.

All international sports federations now submit disputes involving their teams, coaches, athletes, and the federations themselves, to the CAS for final binding arbitration. Roughly 250 lawyers with extensive backgrounds in sports law have been appointed as judges or members of the CAS by the CAS’ governing board, the International Court of Arbitration for Sport.

A recognized expert in sports law, 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 an officer and board member of The Sports Lawyers Association and is editor-in-chief of its monthly online newsletter, The Sports Lawyer.


Pictured: In front of Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, Bill Brooks, former wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts and a current student at IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Dean Gary R. Roberts and Julie Roe Lach, vice president of enforcement for the NCAA and 2004 graduate of the law school

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