The German Court of Arbitration for Sport is a private and independent dispute settlement body of vital importance for organised sport in Germany. As a joint initiative of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and the German Arbitration Institute (DIS), it has been administered by the DIS since 1 January 2008.
The German Court of Arbitration for Sport acts independently of sports associations and clubs, athletes, the NADA or other sports organizations and players. Therefore, it is a proper arbitration court according to §§ 1025 ff. of the German Code of Civil Procedure (ZPO).
With the DIS Sport Arbitration Rules (DIS-SportSchO), the German Court of Arbitration for Sport offers a set of arbitration rules created specifically for the settlement of disputes related to sport. There are many advantages to these administered arbitrations as they apply to a wide variety of disputes, e.g. doping offenses, disputes in connection with sport events, transfer disputes, license agreements, sponsorship agreements, sport club disputes, etc.
The German Court of Arbitration for Sport plays an important role, especially in the field of anti-doping, from the sanctioning of anti-doping violations to the review of decisions rendered by decision-making bodies within sports associations. But beyond that, the German Court of Arbitration for Sport is becoming increasingly important in sport-related commercial disputes.
The activities of the German Court of Arbitration for Sport reflect the many years of experience in the administration of arbitrations of the DIS and, thus, provide expert, time- and cost-efficient dispute resolution for all sport-related disputes.