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On August 30, 2016, the ABA Section of International Law will hold a teleconference entitled “CAS”: The “Supreme Court of Sports” at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, featuring Michael Lenard, President of the CAS Ad Hoc Tribunal for the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Event details are below.  Registration is available on the ABA’s website, here.




August 30, 2016


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET


Section of International Law

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio captured the attention of the world – and also spawned a record-setting number of high-profile disputes involving athletes from countries around the globe, competing in a broad range of Olympic events.

Nicknamed the “Supreme Court of Sport,” the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”), a special international arbitral institution headquartered in Lausanne, is charged with deciding such Olympics disputes, generally within 24 hours (or less).

The CAS’s Ad Hoc Division has operated on-site at each Summer and Winter Olympics since Atlanta 1996, deciding disputes such as athlete qualifications and eligibility, disciplinary matters, and challenges to the results of competition, as well as appeals in doping cases.  In Rio, the 12 arbitrators of the Ad Hoc Division heard a whopping 28 cases (besting the previous record of 15 cases set at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics). In addition, this year, for the first time in history, doping-related disputes (previously first heard by the International Olympic Committee) were decided in the first instance by a second CAS Division, the Anti-Doping Division, also sited in Rio.

The specialization of its arbitrators, the flexibility and speed of its procedure, its publication of persuasive authority in appeals cases, and the international respect that it has earned have made CAS the preferred forum worldwide for lex sportiva.

Pour yourself a caipirinha, dance a little samba, and join us for an exclusive, post-Olympic “insider’s briefing” – featuring the President of the CAS Ad Hoc Tribunal for the 2016 Summer Olympics himself – reporting on the Court of Arbitration for Sport and its unique caseload in Rio!

Speaker: Michael Lenard, President, Ad Hoc Division, Court of Arbitration for Sport, 2016 Rio Summer Olympics


  • Grant Hanessian, Baker & McKenzie LLP, New York
  • Kabir Duggal, Baker & McKenzie LLP, New York
  • Hon. Delissa A. Ridgway, U.S. Court of International Trade, New York

Laura Zimmerman is a member of the Dispute Resolution team in the New York office of Baker McKenzie, where she focuses her practice on international arbitration and litigation. Ms. Zimmerman primarily advises foreign and domestic entities on cross-border contract, general commercial, investor-state, intellectual property, and business tort disputes. She has represented private parties and foreign states in complex commercial disputes in ICC, AAA/ICDR, and ICSID arbitrations, mediations, and in New York federal and state courts. She is a regular contributor to Baker & McKenzie’s International Litigation and Arbitration Alert newsletter, a regional editor for Baker & McKenzie’s International Arbitration Yearbook, and a contributor and editor for Global Arbitration News. Laura Zimmerman can be reached at and + 1 212 626 4342.