Pantry joins CAS

Pantry joins CAS

Jamaican lawyer appointed to board of the Court of Arbitration of Sport

Senior staff reporter

Thursday, July 04, 2019

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FORMER Director of Public Prosecution, (DPP) Professor Kent Pantry has been appointed to the board of the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) — the highest court for sport hearings in the world.

Pantry, who has been practising law since 1976 and was DPP between 1998 and 2008, is the first Jamaican to be appointed to that position. He will sit on the panel for four years.

Efforts to contact Pantry proved futile, but Jamaica Observer sources confirmed the appointment and said he was “honoured” to be appointed.

Pantry served as chairman of Jamaica's Anti-Doping Commission and was founding dean of the University of Technology, Jamaica Faculty of Law; former chairman of the Caribbean Regional Prosecutors' Association, and also served on the board of the Legal Aid Council.

In recognition of his outstanding service to Jamaica in the area of law, Professor Pantry received the Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD).

The Switzerland-based CAS is an independent institution which provides services 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.

At the beginning of the 1980s, the regular increase in the number of international sports-related disputes and the absence of any independent authority specialising in sports-related problems and authorised to pronounce binding decisions led the top sports organisations to reflect on the question of sports dispute resolution.

The CAS performs its functions through an intermediary of arbitrators, of which Pantry will be one of at least 150.

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