Jamaican jurist Patrick Robinson appointed member of ICAS

Sunday, July 22, 2018

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Jamaican jurist Patrick Robinson has been appointed a member of the International Council for Arbitration in Sport (ICAS) for a four-year term which will begin on January 1, 2019.

The ICAS is the governing body of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); as such, it manages the administration and finances of that body. It consists of 20 international judges/lawyers, four of whom are appointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), four by the Association of National Olympic Committees (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 eight 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.

Robinson is one of the four appointed by the IOC.

The 11 ICAS members who have now been 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);

Scott Blackmun (USA), lawyer, former CEO United States Olympic Committee (chosen from outside the ANOC membership);

John Coates (Australia), lawyer, president, Australian Olympic Committee (chosen from within the ANOC membership);

Professor Giulio Napolitano (Italy), new, attorney at law (chosen from outside the ANOC membership).


Antonio Arimany (Spain), new, lawyer, secretary general International Triathlon Union (chosen from within the ASOIF membership);

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.


Corinne Schmidhauser (Switzerland), lawyer, former World Cup winner and Olympian in alpine skiing (chosen from outside the AIOWF membership).

Robinson has been a judge of the International Court of Justice in The Hague since February 2015, to which he was elected for a nine-year term. He was a judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 1998-February 2015, and president of the tribunal, 2008-2011. He served as a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, 1987-1995, and was president of the commission in 1991. He was a member of the International Law Commission, 1991-1996, and a member of the International Bioethics Committee, 1996-2005 and its vice-chairman 2002-2005. 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 recognised by all Olympic sports federations and many non-Olympic federations. CAS registers around 600 cases each year.

Robinson is a firm believer that sports is integral — not peripheral — to national development, particularly in developing countries like Jamaica. He represented Jamaica College in cricket (Sunlight Cup) and in track and field, and was a member of the Jamaica College team that won Champs in 1959, winning the gold medal for Class Two discus.

He is the author of the book entitled Jamaican Athletics – a Model for 2012 and the World, (Fourth Edition, 2009) which, prompted by the principle that if you have been successful, it is important to know why you have been successful, examined the system underpinning Jamaica's success in global track and field athletics. He is the executive producer of a documentary on Jamaican athletics called Jus Run, (2016) which again looked at the Jamaican athletics system.

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