Riza v. Turkey: European Court of Human Rights gives further Guidance on establishing Independent Arbitral Tribunals
Published in LawInSport, 5 February 2020
On 28 January 2020, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) published its Judgement in the application of Mr. Riza (a footballer), Mr Akal (a referee) and Others v. Turkey. The Judgement found that Turkey had violated Article 6 § 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention) as Mr. Riza and Mr Akal had not received a fair trial. Even though the case relates to football disputes in Turkey, the Judgment is likely to have a wider impact on the structure and governance of sports tribunals at other federations and in other jurisdictions.