Unconstitutionality of the Arbitration process in Egyptian Sports LawJune 6, 2023
In a recent interview with LegalcommunityMENA, Ahmed Abozeid, an esteemed lawyer and Partner & Head of Sports and Education Practice at ALC- Alieldean Weshahi & Partners, shared his insights on the recent ruling by the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt. The court’s decision rendered Article 69 of the Egyptian Sports Law No. 71 of 2017 unconstitutional and deemed the Statutes of the Egyptian Sports Settlement and Arbitration Center invalid. This ruling has significant implications for the resolution of sports-related disputes in Egypt.
What are the reasons behind the invalidity of the Statutes of the Egyptian Sports Settlement and Arbitration Center?
According to Article 69 of Sports Law No. 71 of 2017, the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Olympic Committee was granted the authority to issue the Statutes of the Center, regulating mediation, conciliation, and arbitration processes based on international standards. However, the Supreme Constitutional Court found that this delegation of authority from the Legislator to the Olympic Committee was in violation of the Egyptian Constitution. The Court maintained that the Legislator should have directly regulated such matters and established rules for settling sports disputes, both procedurally and substantively, without delegation to others.