Sports arbitration has become a highly specialized area of law. The European Court of Justice has approved the notion of a “sporting exception”, which through years of jurisprudence, sets sport apart from other economic and social activities. The sporting exception warrants dedicated and specialized tribunals to adjudicate sport-related matters. Such specialized tribunals include the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as many sport-specific tribunals at the national level such as the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.
Arbitration is legally binding and internationally enforceable. There are many beneficial aspects of sport-specific tribunals, such as the potential for faster and more tailored dispute-resolution processes and decision making by specialized adjudicators who are experienced with sports-related disputes.
Tyr's litigators have substantial experience with international and domestic arbitrations, as well as court proceedings seeking to invalidate or enforce sports arbitration awards. Tyr Sports has litigated on behalf of athletes, coaches, teams, leagues and governing organizations. Some of the national and international tribunals and federations with which Tyr Sports has experience and/or expertise include: