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Important dates in the CAS history

1981:

  • The creation of a specialised sports jurisdiction envisaged for the first time by HE Juan Antonio Samaranch, former IOC President ;

1983 :

  • Statutes of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) officially ratified by the IOC on the occasion of its 86th session in New Delhi in March 1983 ;

1984 :

  • 30 June 1984, implementation of the CAS Statutes ;
  • Beginning of the CAS activities under the presidency of HE the Judge Kéba Mbaye and of the Secretary General, Mr Gilbert Schwaar ;

1986 :

  • First case submitted to CAS ;

1987 :

  • First award rendered by CAS ;

1991 :

  • Publication by CAS of a Guide to Arbitration including several standard arbitration clauses ;
  • Adoption of the first arbitration clause referring to CAS by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) ;

1993 :

  • 15 March 1993, Publication of the judgement of the Swiss Federal Tribunal (TF) recognising CAS as a true arbitral Tribunal but expressing doubts regarding its independence towards the IOC ;
  • September 1993, International Conference « Law and Sport » organised by CAS in Lausanne with the aim of reforming the CAS structure in order to guarantee its independence ;

1994 :

  • Appointment of Mr Jean-Philippe Rochat as CAS Secretary General in replacement of Mr Schwaar ;
  • 22 June 1994, creation of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) enshrined in the « Paris Agreement » : the CAS has a new structure with the ICAS as supreme body ;
  • 22 November 1994, implementation of the Code of Sports-related Arbitration confirming the CAS reform, in particular the creation of ICAS and of two arbitration divisions, the ordinary arbitration division and the appeals arbitration division ;

1996 :

  • Creation of two decentralised Court Offices by ICAS, one in Sydney (Australia) and one in Denver (USA). These offices are linked to CAS Lausanne and constitute administrative branches ;
  • Creation by ICAS of the first CAS ad hoc Division which has the mission to settle as a last instance disputes arising during the Olympic Games in Atlanta within a time limit of 24 hours (since 1996, creation of ad hoc Divisions for each edition of the OG) ;

1998 :

  • Creation of an ad hoc Division for the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur ;
  • Creation of an ad hoc Division for the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano ;

1999 :

  • Appointment by ICAS of Mr Matthieu Reeb as CAS Secretary General in replacement of Mr Jean-Philippe Rochat ;
  • The CAS decentralised Office of Denver moved to New York ;
  • Amendment to the Code of Sports-related Arbitration in order to create a mediation procedure ;

2000 :

  • Creation of an ad hoc Division for the European Football Championship in Belgium and in the Netherlands ;
  • Creation of an ad hoc Division for the Olympic Games in Sydney ;

2002 :

  • Creation of an ad hoc Division for the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City ;
  • Creation of an ad hoc Division for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester;
  • Recognition by FIFA of the CAS jurisdiction ;

2003 :

  • Acknowledgement of the CAS independence by the Swiss Federal Tribunal further to an appeal filed by two Russian cross country skiers, Larissa Lazutina and Olga Danilova, against a CAS award disqualifying them from the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. After having carefully analysed the organisation and the structure of ICAS and CAS, the TF admitted the independence of CAS towards the IOC and any other party using its services (Judgement of 27 May 2003, first civil Court, TF, Lazutina et Danilova v. International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Skiing Federation (FIS) and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)) ;
  • Designation of CAS as last instance Tribunal in relation to international disputes related to doping by the World Anti-Doping Code published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ;

2004 :

  • The new Code of Sports- related Arbitration entered into force ;
  • Creation of an ad hoc Division for the European Football Championship in Portugal ;
  • Creation of an ad hoc Division for the Olympic Games in Athens ;
  • Publication of the Digest of CAS awards 2001-2003 ;

2005 :

  • Inauguration of the new CAS headquarters at the Château de Béthusy in Lausanne;

2006 :

  • Creation of an ad hoc Division for the Olympic Winter Games in Turin ;
  • Creation of an ad hoc Division for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne;
  • Creation of an ad hoc Division for the FIFA World Cup in Germany;

2007 :

  • Death of the Judge Kéba Mbaye ;
  • Nomination of Mr. Mino Auletta as ICAS/CAS President ad interim.

2008 :

  • April - Mr. Mino Auletta elected ICAS/CAS President
  • Record number of procedures registered in one year: 318 

2010 :

  • November - Mr. John Coates elected ICAS/CAS President

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