Accountability in Appeals Management: Who Watches the Watcher?

The Sport Law & Strategy Group has been handling internal appeals for sport organizations for over twenty years. Our task is to ensure procedural … [Read more...]

Athlete Appeals: Should You Help?

Athlete appeals: Should you help? How to determine when to go to bat for your athlete and when to step aside Appeals by athletes are most often on … [Read more...]

What Goes Around, Comes Around

I have been blogging about the Sochi Olympic disputes that went to the Ad Hoc Court of Arbitration (CAS), which heard disputes during the course of … [Read more...]

SDRCC Arbitrator Rejects Another Case for Being Out of Time

Last month, a third decision was reached in a SDRCC (Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada) case on the issue of lack of jurisdiction due to a … [Read more...]

Following Olympic Disputes: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games

The Olympic Games are underway and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is on-site hearing all matters that arise.  The decisions and reasoning … [Read more...]

Athletics Canada – One Organization’s Experience with Dispute Management

This post features an interview I did with Scott MacDonald and Rachel Corbett. Scott is the High Performance Director for Athletics Canada (AC), a … [Read more...]

Discipline Decisions – To Disclose or Not to Disclose?

Should organizations make discipline decisions and sanctions public knowledge? We often act as a neutral third party to handle an organization’s … [Read more...]

What policies does my sport organization need?

At the Sport Law & Strategy Group, we regularly receive requests from sport organizations asking for assistance writing policies. These are the … [Read more...]

Olympic Team Selection – What Your NSO Needs to Know to Be Dispute-Ready!

By Rachel Corbett and Kevin Lawrie. The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games are fewer than 90 days away and many NSOs are preparing to select, … [Read more...]

Lessons from the Ottawa Rapidz Case: Contracts that Help and Contracts that Don’t

Introduction An interesting sport case has been playing itself out in the Supreme Court of Canada. The case highlights the importance of seemingly … [Read more...]

Case Comment: Voorhorst v. Canadian Soccer Association – A Bylaw That Went Too Far

The Alberta Court of Appeal has reminded us in no uncertain terms that sport organizations span style="text-decoration: underline"cannot/span, through … [Read more...]

Reflections from the Team Canada Ombudsperson

Rachel Corbett was appointed as the Commonwealth Games Team Ombudsperson in June 2010. Unlike in prior years, for these games the position was a joint … [Read more...]

Rachel Corbett’s XIX Commonwealth Games Ombudsblog

In the fall of 2010, Rachel Corbett (co-founder of the Sport Law & Strategy Group) spent about a month in Delhi, India as a member of Team Canada … [Read more...]

Degrees of Intervention in Sport-Specific Arbitration: Are We Moving Towards a Universal Model of Decision-Making?

Independent and specialized dispute resolution is an accepted and integral part of the sport bureaucracy internationally and, increasingly so, within … [Read more...]

The Mini-Trial: A Concept Whose Time Has Come?

If you google “mini-trial’ you will get several hundred thousand 'hits' telling you that a mini-trial is a form of alternative dispute resolution that … [Read more...]

Changes to Monetary Limits in Ontario Small Claims Court

On January 1, 2010 a number of changes to Ontario rules of civil procedure took effect, including a change to the monetary limit for awards in small … [Read more...]

Procedural Fairness in Sport – The Flip Side of the Risk Management Coin

Question: My son is active in club sports. He would like to switch to a different team to join his friends, but a representative of the league says … [Read more...]

Balancing the Responsibilities of Multiple Roles

Question: I am a member of a board of directors of a sport organization – my daughter is an athlete member of this organization. I sometimes hear … [Read more...]

It’s Just How I Feel: Lessons in Procedural Justice

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you were treated unfairly? Most of us have at one time or another. Certainly we have heard others … [Read more...]

Conflict of Interest – The Sport Organization’s ‘Achilles Heel’

Many times in this column we have written about a dimension of fairness – a concept that is central to the integrity of sport and also central to how … [Read more...]

What We Have Learned From Managing Appeals

Fifteen years ago the Centre for Sport and Law began writing appeal policies for sport organizations. In 1995 we published a handbook on the topic … [Read more...]

What is Fair? B.C. Schools Case Fails to Meet the Required Threshold

We are often asked to help sport organizations administer internal hearings to ensure procedures are carried out properly, thus reducing the chance of … [Read more...]

What to Do When 1% of Your Members Cause 99% of Your Problems?

Sound familiar? Although this topic has very little to do with the law, we are nonetheless often called upon by client organizations for help. Over … [Read more...]

Encourage Good Sports for Better Sports

By Rachel Corbett Fourteen years ago in this space I wrote an article about injury prevention and liability in recreation (Could This Happen to … [Read more...]

Maintaining ‘Fairness’ in Investigations and Hearings

Occasionally in this column we are able to write about actual sport cases. This is a treat, as normally we draw from general cases, extracting their … [Read more...]

Centre for Sport and Law Assists Amateur Athletes Across Canada

With a few exceptions, clients organizations come to the Centre for Sport and Law without a clear ideas of what they want or need. All they know is … [Read more...]

When Is a Deadline Not a Deadline?

We have spent the last 15 years urging sport organizations to follow their rules, and at every opportunity doing our best to convey the message that … [Read more...]

Diagnosing Disputes

This winter we have been teaching a new course at Brock University on negotiation skills for sport managers. We have structured the course around two … [Read more...]

Resolving Disputes Through Negotiation

Over the years of writing this column, it is clear that nearly every aspect of a coach's work has some underlying legal element. We have written about … [Read more...]

Book Review – Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (1999)

In the Knowing the Law column in the last issue of Coaches Report , we observed that the most pressing issue that coaches appear to be facing today … [Read more...]

Lessons From a Decade of Selection Disputes

Anticipating that there might be some disputes over selection to the Canadian team competing at the Salt Lake City Olympics, the Centre for Sport and … [Read more...]

The Rights of Athletes, Coaches and Participants in Sport

This is a chapter prepared for, and excerpted from a sport and law textbook published by Canadian Scholars Press. Its focus is the sport … [Read more...]

More Coaches Being Sued

Another selection matter, and two more coaches are named in a lawsuit. But this one is a bit different. No matter what the outcome of a selection … [Read more...]

Policy Planning and Dispute Management in the Non-Profit Sector

The Charitable and Non-profit sector in Canada has experienced unprecedented changes in the 1990's. As senior levels of government spend less and … [Read more...]

From Little League to Ben Johnson: Alternatives for Resolving Sports Disputes

By Graeme Mew A constant challenge in any system of dispute resolution involves balancing the desirability of having fair procedures for the … [Read more...]

What Makes a Dispute Situation Fair – or Unfair?

Two recent situations involving the termination of coaches may shed some light on this question. The first situation involves the termination of … [Read more...]