Resolving Sports Disputes in Qatar

Zachary R. Calo

International sport relies on a highly developed and coordinated system for resolving disputes. In many cases, this system is a substitute for resolving disputes through domestic courts. Sports disputes are addressed in large measure through binding arbitration. In recent years there has been a proliferation of sports arbitration tribunals at the national level that provide a centralized forum for addressing a range of sport-related issues. This is no more so the case than in the Gulf region, where Qatar, Saudi Arabi, the UAE, and Bahrain have all launched or announced plans to establish such tribunals. This case study gives particular attention to the Qatar Sports Arbitration Tribunal and its relationship to sports initiatives in the country. The case study also considers how the Tribunal fits within Qatar’s broader national development objectives.