While millions of spectators enjoy the 2008 Olympic Games, lawyers are ready in the host city to handle the sports-related disputes that always arise. This is the domain of the Tribunal for the Olympic Games in Beijing, which will operate as an ad hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) through August 24. Disputes involving doping, eligibility and other matters brought by athletes and sports organizations are heard by 3-member panels selected from the twelve arbitrators on the Tribunal--all lawyers, judges and professors with expertise in arbitration and sports law. The panels work fast to provide a hearing and an impartial result, usually within 24 hours. David Rivkin, a litigation partner in the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, is the Tribunal member from the United States. Check out the CAS web site for news and press releases about the disputes, and for answers to "20 Questions about the CAS."
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