Neutral Arbitrators In Sports: What Makes It Fair?

Law360, New York (July 23, 2015, 10:41 AM EDT) -- "Neutrality has been defined as a state of mind, a certain distance that the arbitrator establishes vis-a-vis his or her legal, political and religious background." It is not a concept that it necessarily grounded in arbitration laws or rules. "Impartiality," on the other hand, "has been defined as the aptitude of the arbitrator to be free of bias, predisposition or affinities interfering with the conduct of his mission" ("The Arbitrator As A Neutral Third Party," by Caroline Verbruggen).

I began thinking of these definitions because recently, at the annual Sports Lawyers Association meeting in Baltimore, there was a panel discussion on...

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