The International Council for Sport Arbitration, the governing body of the Sports Arbitration Court (TAS), has decided to adopt Spanish as one of the official languages of arbitration proceedings, along with French and English.
The agency explained in a statement on Tuesday that “the decision to adopt Spanish as an official language recognizes the growing importance of this language in the world of sports arbitration.”
“The TAS manages more than 600 arbitration proceedings each year, of which approximately 10 percent concern Spanish-speaking parties. Previously, the parties could request that the arbitration proceedings be conducted in Spanish, but said request was subject to agreement of all parties and arbitrators of the arbitration in question, “he recalled.
Since the founding of the TAS, more than 400 arbitration proceedings have been conducted in Spanish.
The formal adoption of Spanish as the third official working language of the TAS will be reflected in the new version of the Sports Arbitration Code, which comes into force on July 1.
“Other modifications are related to the use of the electronic platform and video conferencing, the use of which has increased significantly in recent times,” said the International Council for Sports Arbitration. (July 1, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)