CAS Chief Matthieu Reeb: “We Are Hearing A Different Case Every Day”

May 20, 2019

The volume of cases brought before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has continued to grow year after year, and the Lausanne-based body, which sometimes hits the headlines with its decisions on disputes in sport, will be moving to larger premises to accommodate the rising workload.

In 1995, when Matthieu Reeb, the current Secretary General, joined CAS, it was hearing about 100 cases per year. That grew almost threefold after 2004, when FIFA recognised the authority of the court for a wide range of activities. Now the number is up to about 600 per year, and it will no doubt continue to grow.

“As long as dispute is related to sport, we are ready to take it on,” he said. “There only needs to be an agreement between the parties to recognise the jurisdiction of CAS.”

With a current staff of over 30 people, CAS will move from its current premiers to a wing of the Palais de Beaulieu in Lausanne when renovations are complete  in 2021.

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