C. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
3. Organisation of the CAS
The CAS is composed of two divisions, the Ordinary Arbitration Division and the Appeals Arbitration Division.
The Ordinary Arbitration Division constitutes Panels, whose responsibility is to resolve disputes submitted to the ordinary procedure, and performs, through the intermediary of its President or his deputy, all other functions in relation to the efficient running of the proceedings pursuant to the Procedural Rules (Articles R27 et seq.)
The Appeals Arbitration Division constitutes Panels, whose responsibility is to resolve disputes concerning the decisions of federations, associations or other sports-related bodies insofar as the statutes or regulations of the said sports-related bodies or a specific agreement so provide. It performs, through the intermediary of its President or his deputy, all other functions in relation to the efficient running of the proceedings pursuant to the Procedural Rules (Articles R27 et seq.).
Arbitration proceedings submitted to CAS are assigned by the Court Office to the appropriate Division. Such assignment may not be contested by the parties nor be raised by them as a cause of irregularity. In the event of a change of circumstances during the proceedings, the CAS Court Office, after consultation with the Panel, may assign the arbitration to another Division. Such re-assignment shall not affect the constitution of the Panel nor the validity of any proceedings, decisions or orders prior to such re-assignment.
The CAS mediation system operates pursuant to the CAS Mediation Rules.
The President of either Division may be challenged if circumstances exist that give rise to legitimate doubts with regard to his independence vis-à-vis one of the parties to an arbitration assigned to his Division. He shall pre-emptively disqualify himself if, in arbitration proceedings assigned to his Division, one of the parties is a sports-related body to which he belongs, or if a member of the law firm to which he belongs is acting as arbitrator or counsel.
ICAS shall determine the procedure with respect to any challenge. The challenged President shall not participate in such determination.
If the President of a Division is challenged, the functions relating to the efficient running of the proceedings conferred upon him by the Procedural Rules (Articles R27 et seq.), shall be performed by his deputy or by the CAS President, if the deputy is also challenged. No disqualified person shall receive any information concerning the activities of CAS regarding the arbitration proceedings giving rise to his disqualification.
CAS includes a Court Office composed of the Secretary General and one or more Counsel, who may represent the Secretary General when required.
The Court Office performs the functions assigned to it by this Code.