Bruce Hodgkinson SC appointed arbitrator of CAS

By Pete Fairbairn, 12.12.16

In significant news for Australian sport, RUPA Chairman Bruce Hodgkinson SC has been appointed by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) as an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Mr. Hodgkinson, who has served as RUPA’s Chairman since 2010, joins only 400 other members worldwide who may be called to serve by ICAS, including 22 other Australians, in what is a great honour.

The Head of Denman Chambers, Bruce is highly respected among the Australian sports community and within international law circles. He previously served as the Chairman of the Cancer Council NSW (2007-2015) and as a Board Member of the Cancer Council Australia until earlier this year.

RUPA President Benn Robinson said that Hodgkinson’s appointment was a terrific achievement.

“On behalf of the RUPA Board and all of our members, I wish to extend our heartiest congratulations to Bruce on this tremendous honour,” Robinson said. “Bruce’s knowledge, attention to detail, experience and passion has held him in great stead during his tenure at RUPA, and these same traits which have helped earn him this highly-sought after new role will equally ensure he performs his duties with aplomb whenever called upon by CAS.”

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is an institution independent of any sports organisation. It 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. The CAS has the task of resolving legal disputes in the field of sport through arbitration. It does this pronouncing arbitral awards that have the same enforceability as judgements of ordinary courts.

It can also help parties solve their disputes on an amicable basis through mediation, when this procedure is allowed. In addition, the CAS gives advisory opinions concerning legal questions related to sport.

Lastly, the CAS sets up non-permanent tribunals, which it does for the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games or other similar major events. To take into account the circumstances of such events, special procedural rules are established on each occasion.

Pete Fairbairn
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