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The ECA is a court of arbitration specialised in sport and more specifically in handball. It has been created by the EHF in 2007 during the 8th EHF Extraordinary Congress with the objective to make available to every sport and handball stakeholder a unique mean of disputes resolution. The ECA with its efficient, simple and independent arbitration proceedings and its two years experience has proved to be a serious alternative to civil court proceedings.


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ECA and the EHF legal system

The ECA has been officially recognised by the EHF in its Statutes. Cases decided by the EHF legal bodies can therefore be finally referred to the ECA under the condition that all legal remedies available within the EHF have been exhausted.

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ECA Competence

The EHF Court of Arbitration has been granted competence in the following matters: "disputes arising between the EHF and national Federations, the national Federation among each other, national Federations and their clubs with regard to cross-border facts, in conjunction with disputes emerging from EHF competitions, as well as between Player, Player's agent, EHF, national Federations and clubs". Moreover the ECA may handle other sport-related cases, "if it serves the protection of legal certainty and principle of law and legal entity as well as matter of principle relating to sport".


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ECA Composition

The cases are decided by the ECA through an arbitral chamber of three arbitrators chosen by the parties in the ECA Arbitrators List. The arbitrators included in such List have been nominated by the National Federations or the EHF taking in consideration their knowledge and experience in the domain of sport, their legal competence as well as their capacity to handle arbitration proceedings in total impartiality and independence. You can find the names and profiles of all the ECA arbitrators below under the section ECA Arbitrators List.

The arbitrators chosen to form an ECA arbitral chamber shall work in full impartiality and independence without following any directions or representing any party.

This system of free choice by the parties of the arbitrators deciding on their cases has been put in place in order to assure the independence of this new Court of Arbitration and its recognition by all members of the Sport world.


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ECA Procedure

The arbitration proceedings within the ECA are dealt with in English.

After a claim has been filed with the ECA Office to refer a certain case to the EHF Court of Arbitration, each party nominates its own arbitrator from the ECA Arbitrators List. The third arbitrator is chosen also from the List by the two nominated arbitrators. He presides as Chairman over the proceedings. The proceedings may be handled orally and/ or in writing. Upon presentation by each of the parties of arguments, pleadings, communications or documents, the ECA arbitral chamber decides on the case in accordance with the EHF Regulations and the relevant contracts, as far as this does not conflict with the general principles of law and renders a final written award.

The efficiency of the ECA proceedings has been reinforced with the revision of the Rules of Arbitration for the ECA. Three months maximum are now granted to the arbitral chamber to render its award. Moreover the possibility to handle a case with an express procedure has been introduced in order to answer when necessary the needs of the sport competition in terms of organisation.

Further information on the ECA procedure can be found in the Rules of Arbitration for the ECA, available under this link:
(Legal/Rules of Arbitration ECA) or in the ECA official website: www.eca-handball.com


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ECA Costs

When bringing a dispute before the ECA after exhaustion of all EHF internal legal remedies, an advance fee of €5.000 applies. Within the frame of any other kind of dispute the advance fee depends on the amount at stake:

  • €2.500 if the amount in dispute is comprised between €0 and €30.000
  • €5.000 if the amount in dispute is over €30.000

The advance payment include a registration fee, an advance payment of administrative costs/cash outlays of the ECA Office and the advance on arbitrators fees.

The registration fee amounts to €1.000 when the applicable advance is €2.500 and to €1.500 when the applicable advance is €5.000. This registration fee is not repayable. The advance payments may be refunded to the claimant depending on the decision of the ECA arbitral chamber and the cost of the arbitration proceedings. As a general rule the unsuccessful party bears the costs of the arbitration proceedings (including in particular the administrative costs and the arbitrators' fees). Such rule may be mitigated by the ECA arbitral chamber taking in consideration the circumstances of the case.


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ECA Council - ECC

The ECA Council made up of three members -one President and two Vice-Presidents- and an Office has been created along with the ECA in order to safeguard its independence and the rights of the parties.

This new Council, besides having a role of representation of the ECA towards the EHF Congress, is mainly responsible for the administration of the new Court of Arbitration, including in particular the following functions:

  • Work structuring,
  • Confirmation of the nominated arbitrators after review of the legal criteria,
  • Appointment of substitute arbitrators,
  • Appointment of arbitrators for interim measures of protection.

The ECA Council is currently managed by the following members:

  • Mr. Francesco Purromuto, Italy, President
  • Mr. Jacques Bettenfeld, France, Vice-President
  • Mr. Bogdan Sojkin, Poland, Vice-President

Additional member to be nominated by the Professional Handball Board.

The ECA Council members are automatically inserted in the ECA Arbitrators List.


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ECA Office – Contacts

The ECA Office, as part of the ECA Council, has been given the function to look ahead for the arbitrational handling of the disputes by the ECA and to provide an organisational support to the ECA Council and the arbitrators in the view to assure the compliance with the Rules of Arbitration for the ECA, the transparency of the ECA proceedings and the neutral and independent administration of business of the ECA Council.

The ECA Office is also available to answer any question with regard to the EHF Court of Arbitration, do not hesitate to contact us:
ECA Office
Loic Alves
Hoffingergasse 18
1120 Vienna, Austria

Tel: +43 (1) 80 151-444
Fax: +43 (1) 80 151-449
Email: office@eca-handball.com
Website: www.eca-handball.com


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ECA Arbitrators List


AUT BACH, Guido
Vienna, Austria
-kanzlei@zandlgrundei.at
AUT JOKLIK, Andreas
Vienna, Austria
Curriculum Vitae -office@joklik.at
AUT MÖDLAGL, Thomas
Vienna, Austria
-office@ra-kmem.at
BLR KUDREIKA, Siarhei
Minsk, Belarus
Curriculum Vitae -merseboss@yandex.ru
CRO SORIC, Alan
Zagreb, Croatia
Curriculum Vitae -alan@law-soric.com
CYP SKORDIS, Stefanos
Nicosia, Cyprus
Curriculum Vitae -stefanos@steskolaw.com
DEN JOHNSEN, Henrik
Copenhagen, Denmark
Curriculum Vitae -a7gailis@gmail.com
ESP AYELA SAMPER, Carmen
Alicante, Spain
Curriculum Vitae -legal@ayela-abogados.com
ESP CANALS, Roger Vaquer
Barcelona, Spain
Curriculum Vitae -rogercanals@arcoabogados.es
ESP CRESPO PEREZ, Juan de Dios
Valencia, Spain
Curriculum Vitae -jddcrespo@ruizcrespo.com
FIN HENTTONEN, Jari
Helsinki, Finland
-jari.henttonen@kolumbus.fi
FIN OJALA, Pirjo
Järvenpää, Finland
-pirjo.ojala@kolumbus.fi
FRA CHAMPENOIS, Jerome
-champenois.jerome@aliceadsl.fr
FRA BETTENFELD, Jacques
Longeville-les-Metz, France
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FRA ZYLBERSTEIN, Julien
Paris, France
Curriculum Vitae -
GBR SKIVINGTON, Glenn
Berkshire, Great Britain
-glenns@gordons-law.co.uk
GBR WEATHERILL, Stephen
Oxford, Great Britain
Curriculum Vitae -stephen.weatherill@law.ox.ac.uk
GER THIEL, Andreas
Köln, Germany
-info@thiel-schaefer.de
GRE GROLLIOS, Christos
Thessaloniki, Greece
-grolliolaw@yahoo.gr
GRE STOIKOS, Evangelos
Thessaloniki, Greece
Curriculum Vitae -info@lawstoikosthessaloniki.gr
GRE TSOGIAS, Panagiotis
Thessaloniki, Greece
Curriculum Vitae -tsogias@otenet.gr
HUN CSÖRGITS, Lajos Imre
Curriculum Vitae -csorgits.lajos@gyor-ph.hu
HUN MAGYARADY, Peter
Veszprém, Hungary
-peter@magyarady.hu
HUN WARVASOVSZKY, Donát
Kapolnasnyek, Hungary
-wadon@freemail.hu
IRL GALLAGHER, Eoin
Curriculum Vitae -gallagher.eoin@gmail.com
ISR ANTEBI, Avi
Tel Aviv, Israel
-Antebiav@netvision.net.il
ITA PALLOTTA, Andrea
Curriculum Vitae -Andrea.Pallotta@wherefor.xyz
ITA COLUCCI, Michele
Overijse, Belgium
Curriculum Vitae -info@colucci.eu
ITA CIVALE, Salvatore
Noce Inferiore, Italy
Curriculum Vitae -avvocato@studiocivale.it
KOS SALIHU, Fisnik
Curriculum Vitae -fis.salihu@gmail.com
LAT EMULINS, Raimonds
Jürmala, Latvia
Curriculum Vitae -raimonds@sporto.lv
LAT GAILIS, Atis
Riga, Latvia
Curriculum Vitae -atis.gailis@gbbirojs.lv
LAT VADZITIS, Edgars
Aizkraukle, Latvia
Curriculum Vitae -edgars.vadzitis@inbox.lv
LAT VINGRIS, Aigars
Riga, Latvia
Curriculum Vitae -aigars.vingris@gmail.com
LTU DEVYZIS, Marius
Vilnius, Lithuania
Curriculum Vitae -marius.devyzis@primus.legal
LTU DOCKA, Paulius
Vilnius, Lithuania
Curriculum Vitae -paulius.docka@primus.legal
LUX SPIELMANN, Lynn
Dudelange, Luxembourg
Curriculum Vitae -lynn.spielmann@ja.etat.lu
NED KOENDERS, Barry
-
NED PANNEKEET, Koos
Tuitjenhorn, Netherlands
Curriculum Vitae -j.m.pannekeet@quicknet.nl
NOR MONSEN, Eirik
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NOR LANGANGEN, Jan Erik
Langangen, Norway
Curriculum Vitae -langangen@langangen.no
NOR WIIG, Marit
Oslo, Norway
Curriculum Vitae -marit.wiig@online.no
POL KRZYZANOWSKA, Olga
Curriculum Vitae -olga.krzyzanowska@adwokaci.com.pl
POL BASINSKI, Hubert
Poznan, Poland
Curriculum Vitae -h.basinski@wbkancelaria.pl
POL DZIARNOWSKA, Agata
Warsaw, Poland
Curriculum Vitae -agata.dziarnowska@msport.gov.pl
POL MACHNIKOWSKI, Karol
Warsaw, Poland
Curriculum Vitae -k.machnikowski@kancelaria-bieniak.pl
POR COSTA, José Manuel Lopes
Curriculum Vitae -jmlcosta1960@gmail.com
POR GUERRA, Nuno
Curriculum Vitae -aranhaguerra@yahoo.com
ROU BARBU, Ionut
Curriculum Vitae -ia_barbu@yahoo.com
ROU JUGANARU, Lucian
Curriculum Vitae -jlvro1@yahoo.com
ROU DINU, Sorin-Laurentiu
Bucharest, Romania
Curriculum Vitae -sorindinu@alcedoltd.ro
SLO BRCAR, Tomaz
Curriculum Vitae -tomaz.brcar@trimo-group.com
SLO SERC, Maja
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SLO KORSIC, Ales
Pobegi, Slovenia
-ales.korsic@cimos.eu
SUI JENNY, Christian
Meilen, Switzerland
-christian.jenny@sjp-jur.ch
SUI OLSTEIN, Daniel
Basel, Switzerland
Curriculum Vitae -daniel.olstein@lawyers.ch
SUI STRAUB, Philipp
Evilard, Switzerland
Curriculum Vitae -ph_straub@hotmail.com
SVK DURISINOVA, Maria
Bratislava, Slovakia
-maria.durisinova@socpoist.sk
SWE HOLMQVIST, Jörgen
Lund, Sweden
Curriculum Vitae -jorgenholmqvist@hotmail.com
SWE LIEDHOLM, Fredrik
Helsingborg, Sweden
Curriculum Vitae -Fredrik.Liedholm@kockums.se
SWE LINDQVIST, Ragnar
Helsingborg, Sweden
Curriculum Vitae -rli@msa.se
TUR BOZKURT, Cumhur
Ankara, Turkey
-cumhur.bozkurt@nurol.com.tr
TUR OZ, Sevki Onur
Ankara, Turkey
Curriculum Vitae -onuroz@ozandoz.com
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