From 13 July to 8 September 2021, “Pro Bono Legal Advice and Representation Service for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games” (“Service”) had been provided as independent pro bono legal advice and representation.
Under this programme, the Athletes could eceive legal advice from a qualified lawyer for free of charge during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more detail, please read the following report.
The Service will be made up of “Sport Advocacy Section” and “General Section”, comprising around 30 individual lawyers respectively.
Representing athletes at urgent ad hoc hearings before the Ad hoc Division and Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport("CAS")
Providing legal advice and assistance in the fields of criminal, civil, immigration and sports law.
This Service is available for
In order to use the Service, all of the following requirements must be met:
During the service period, the JSAA shall be available as a point of contact in its office between 10:00 and 18:00 (Japan time) and shall respond to e-mails 24 hours a day.
Any individual shall make an application for the Service through the Chef de Mission of the NOC or NPC to which the individual belongs.
When Chef de Mission receives an application from an individual to use the Service, Chef de Mission will check whether the individual is eligible to use the Service.
Chef de Missions shall use the prescribed Application Form for Individuals and submit the application to the JSAA office or by email.
* In the event of a dispute between the individual and the NOC or NPC to which the individual belongs, the individual may apply directly for the use of the Service.
*In the event that the urgency of the case does not allow sufficient time for an applicant to submit a signed application form, the JSAA may proceed with the necessary steps to use the Service after confirming the applicant's acceptance of the terms and conditions applicable to the Service.
An NOC, NPC, IF or IPSF may directly apply to the JSAA for access to the Service through its official representative.
In this case, please use the Application Form for NOCs, IFs, NPCs, or IPSFs respectively.
For Olympic Games
For Paralympic Games
The purpose of the Service is to provide a safety net for those who do not have their own legal representatives in place in Japan and who may have difficulty in identifying representation at short notice.
There are approximately 30 candidates in each section for pro bono counsel(Sports Adovocacy and General), who completed necessary training and participated workshop held by the JSAA. They will represent you in arbitration before the CAS or provide you with advice on civil, criminal, immigration or sports law matters.
For the list of pro bono lawyers, please see Appendix 2 of the Operational Rules.
To support the smooth running of the Service with experienced and expertise, and to assist pro bono lawyers in Japan, the organising committee established the Global Mentoring Scheme.
The following are outstanding professionals who act as mentors.
Mentors also contribute to this Service on a pro bono basis.
The project was launched in 2018 and the Organising Committee conducted training and workshops to be ready for the implementation of pro bono services at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
In delivering the above training and workshops, and in providing pro bono services in 2021, the JSAA and the Organising Committee have received a great deal of support, including financial assistance, from the following organisations.
We would like to express our gratitude here.
The management of the Service is administered by the Organising Committee for the 2020 Pro Bono Legal Advice & Representation Service that was established with the support of Japan Sports Arbitration Agency (“JSAA”) and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations("JAFBA").
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