A guide to the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada – the primary appeals body for amateur sports

Canada Arbitration
Tuesday, 02 July 2019 By Jay Kim, David Spears

This article examines the dispute resolution process for amateur sports in Canada. Specifically, it looks at the role of the main appeals body, the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC),1 examining:

  • It’s history and legislative roots

  • How the SDRCC operates today

  • The use of the SDRCC during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games;

  • Parties’ use of non-SDRCC legal forums

  • The future

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Jay Kim

Jay Kim

Lawyer, Wyllie Spears

A former sports journalist, Jay Kim is a labour and employment lawyer who represents organizations in labour relations matters and employment matters. He also has an expanding practice in Sports Law and provides legal advice to Provincial and National Sports Organizations.

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David Spears

David Spears

Partner, Wyllie Spears

A former Olympic athlete, David Spears has focused on labour, employment and administrative law since he was called to the bar over 10 years ago. In addition, David has an expanding practice in Sports Law.

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Comments (1)

  • Andrew Werners

    • 21 February 2022 at 08:30
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    As a Canadian legal professional with a specified ambition to work in sport and develop the ever growing Canadian sports industry, this was a very informative article for me to gain a basic understanding of the sporting jurisprudence in Canada. Thank you to the contributors and LawInSport for always providing the most useful information in the context of sport.


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