Volume: 2 Issue: 3
A growing number of national sports dispute resolution organisations have begun to emerge around the world. The Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada was established under statute in 2003. In New Zealand, the New Zealand Sports Disputes Tribunal was established by Sport & Recreation New Zealand in the same year while plans are well advanced for the establishment of a National Sports Disputes Tribunal under the auspices of the Australian Sports Commission.
In the United Kingdom, the task of developing a “dispute-free” or at least a “dispute-friendly” zone has fallen to the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel (SDRP). In this article Jon Siddall, Director of the SDRP, explains the logic behind the growth of these organisations, focusing on the development of the SDRP.