The TAS / CAS Seminar held in Budapest in October 2019 had over 250 arbitrators and mediators from across the globe in attendance.
TAS / CAS is the Tribunal Arbitral du Sport / Court of Arbitration for Sport, “an institution independent of any sports organization which provides for services in order to facilitate the settlement of sports-related disputes through arbitration or mediation by means of procedural rules adapted to the specific needs of the sports world.” (TAS / CAS)
Our gala dinner was hosted by the Hungarian government at the Groupama Arena stadium, with remarks made by former Hungarian President Pál Schmitt.
I was invited to attend as a Member. I first became involved with the organization when I was appointed as a Charter Member of the mediation roster in 1999, and I’m proud to have been reappointed every four years since then.
CAS Members resolve high profile disputes involving professional athletes, clubs, and federations, including eligibility for competitions on-site at the Olympics.
It was great to see old friends at the event, like fellow Members Jeff Benz, Moti Moroni, Allan Stitt, and Paul Godin, as well as make new friends, including Members Konstantina Morou, Thomas Wallentin, Claudine Helou, Jacob C. Jørgensen, Luiz Felipe Guimarães Santoro, and Fanny-Marie Brisdet.
Many thanks to the CAS leadership, staff, and Hungarian officials for this excellent and educational gathering!