Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards in International Sports Arbitration—the German Federal Court of Justice’s Ruling in the Pechstein Case

Oliver Englisch

On June 7, 2016, the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) decided the Pechstein case. The issue was whether an arbitral award issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), Lausanne, Switzerland, could be reviewed before German courts when the athlete involved in the dispute subject to the arbitral award had entered into an agreement stipulating that the CAS had jurisdiction to determine the dispute. The case attracted wide media attention in Germany. This article summarizes the different legal conclusions of the various stages of the case.

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