The International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) acknowledges the appointment of the first eleven council members for its next four-year term which will begin on 1 January 2019.
ICAS is the governing body of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and manages its administration and finances. It is composed of twenty international judges or lawyers active in the judiciary, international arbitration and sports administration.
Four members are appointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), four by the Association of National Olympic Committee (ANOC), three by the Association of the Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and one by the Association of International Olympic Winter Federations (AIOWF). These 12 members will then appoint the remaining 8 ICAS members in November 2018. The elections for the positions of ICAS President, Vice-Presidents, and Division Presidents and their deputies will be held in May/June 2019.
The 11 ICAS members who have been now appointed or re-appointed for the 2019-2022 term are:
By the IOC (all chosen from outside the IOC membership):
Justice Yvonne Mokgoro (South Africa), former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
Judge Patrick Robinson (Jamaica), new, judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague
Dr Elisabeth Steiner (Austria), new, attorney at law, former judge at the European Court of Human Rights
Judge Hanqin Xue (China), judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague
Dr Abdullah Al Hayyan (Kuwait), professor of law (chosen from outside the ANOC membership)
Mr Scott Blackmun (USA), lawyer, former CEO United States Olympic Committee (chosen from outside the ANOC membership)
Mr John Coates (Australia), lawyer, President Australian Olympic Committee (chosen from within the ANOC membership)
Prof. Giulio Napolitano (Italy), new, attorney at law (chosen from outside the ANOC membership)
Mr Antonio Arimany (Spain), new, lawyer, Secretary General International Triathlon Union (chosen from within the ASOIF membership)
Mr Mikael Rentsch (Switzerland/Sweden), new, legal director Fédération Equestre Internationale (chosen from within the ASOIF membership)
A third member will be appointed in the next weeks.
Ms Corinne Schmidhauser (Switzerland), lawyer, former World Cup winner and Olympian in alpine skiing (chosen from outside the AIOWF membership)
The CAS is an independent institution, based in Lausanne, involved in resolving legal disputes in the field of sport through arbitration and mediation. The CAS jurisdiction is recognized by all Olympic sports federations and many nonOlympic federations. The CAS registers around 600 cases each year.