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Jamaican jurist Patrick Robinson appointed to International Council of Arbritration in Sports

Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Patrick Robinson

Jamaican jurist Patrick Robinson has been appointed a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) for a four-year term, which will begin on January 1, 2019.

The International Council of Arbitration for Sport is the governing body of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). as such, it manages the administration and finances of that body. It consists of 20 international judges/lawyers, four of whom are appointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Robinson is one of the four appointed by the IOC.

Robinson has been a judge of the International Court of Justice in The Hague since February 2015, when he was elected for a nine-year term. He was a judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 1998 to February 2015 and president of the tribunal 2008-2011.

He served as a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, 1987-1995 and was president of the Commission in 1991. He was a member of the International Law Commission 1991-1996. He was a member of the International Bioethics Committee, 1996-2005 and was its vice-chairman 2002-2005.

Robinson is a firm believer that sports is integral, not peripheral to national development, particularly in developing countries like Jamaica. He represented Jamaica College in cricket (Sunlight Cup) and in track and field athletics and was a member of the Jamaica College team that won Boys' Champs in 1959. He won the gold medal for Class 2 discus.

Robinson is the author of the book entitled Jamaican Athletics - a Model for the World (Fourth Edition, 2009), which, prompted by the principle that if you have been successful, it is important to know why you have been successful, examines the system underpinning Jamaica's success in global track and field athletics.

He is the executive producer of a documentary on jamaican athletics called Jus Run (2016), which also looked at the Jamaican athletics system.