What we do
Whenever and wherever human beings are together, conflicts may arise. In the world of sports, these conflicts may arise in various constellations, for example between;
- a club and a player regarding an employment contract,
- two clubs regarding a transfer agreement,
- a coach and an athlete,
- an agent and a player,
- an athlete and his national federation,
- two players of the same team,
The escalation of such conflicts may have disastrous results for all parties concerned. Disputes in sports, for example with regard to a transfer agreement or an employment contract between a player and a club, are usually submitted to a court, an arbitration tribunal (e.g. CAS) or an internal committee of a federation (e.g. FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber/Players’ Status Committee).
Most people don’t know that there is a different procedure to resolve such disputes – by the way of MEDIATION.
What is a mediation procedure?
Mediation is a modern and efficient form of dispute resolution. In traditional dispute resolution mechanisms, a judge or an arbitrator makes a decision.
In mediation procedures, the parties themselves have to actively communicate with each other and have to find together a solution for their dispute. The parties are supported in this procedure by an independent and specially trained person – the mediator. The mediator has no authority to impose a decision like a judge or an arbitrator – as such the parties keep the control over the dispute.
You think that this does not work?
- Statistics show that more than 65% of mediation procedures related to sports end successfully.
What are the advantages of mediation procedures?
- Mediation procedures are usually much quicker than the traditional procedures at arbitration tribunals or courts and can be terminated – in certain cases – in one session only;
- The costs of mediation procedures are usually much lower than at traditional court or arbitration procedures;
- Mediation procedures are voluntary and confidential;
What can we do for you?
Volker Hesse has vast experience in sports-disputes and is a trained mediator. With this combined knowledge and skills, he offers his services as a mediator in sports related disputes. Contact Volker Hesse if you want to know more about mediation procedures in sports at