27.1 Terms of reference
The IJF Arbitral Tribunal has the authority:
a) to decide in the last instance on disputes or conflicts:
- originating in the application of these Statutes or the rules established by the JUA/IJF,
- arising among JUA Members,
- arising between the IJF, on the one hand and the JUA, the National Federations or legal entities or private individuals directly or indirectly connected to them, on the other hand,
- on sporting matters submitted to the Tribunal by the President of the JUA and JUA EC.
b) to settle disputes by way of arbitration which are related to sports matters or related to these Statutes and which may arise between JUA Members, on the condition the parties have the intention of settling their dispute by way of arbitration;
c) to give the President its interpretation of how sporting rules or these Statutes as established should be applied.
The IJF Arbitral Tribunal may call on all experts, witnesses or any other persons having recognized and relevant experience for the purposes of gathering relevant information in order to make an informed decision.
27.2 Proceedings and hearings of the IJF Arbitral Tribunal
Each party to the procedure shall choose an arbitrator from the list. The arbitrators thus appointed shall elect a Chairman from among the other members on the list.
In the event the arbitrators chosen by the parties fail to agree, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
The proceedings and the hearings must take place in compliance with the conditions contained in the IJF Rules of Arbitration for the Arbitral Tribunal.
The IJF Arbitral Tribunal shall have sovereign power to decide in what proportions the legal and other costs shall be borne by the parties in its award.
27.3 Adherence of JUA Members
Adherence to the Statutes as a Member of the JUA automatically entails:
- acceptance of the principle to comply with the IJF Arbitral Tribunal's award in the event of a dispute falling under its authority;
- waiver of the right to appeal the Arbitral Tribunal's awards in the future, other than the right to appeal before the ordinary courts of law.
27.4 Transitional provision
As long as the IJF Arbitral Tribunal has not been established and the rules of this Tribunal have not been defined, all disputes or conflicts referred to in Article 27.1 shall be submitted to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.
Article 28 - Disciplinary Commission of the first instance
28.1 Scope of authority
The Disciplinary Commission of the first instance may lay down the sanctions listed in the JUA Disciplinary Code against JUA Members, legal entities or private individuals directly or indirectly connected to them, athletes, referees and officials.
The Disciplinary Commission of the first instance shall be composed of a President, a Vice President and three (3) other Members who shall all be appointed by the EC.
These Members must be legal specialists who are independent from the JUA and who have not provided consulting services for the JUA or for Member National Federations.
28.3 Operating procedures
The operating procedures for the Disciplinary Commission of the first instance shall be governed by the JUA Disciplinary Code.
Article 29 - Disciplinary Appeal Commission
29.1 Scope of authority
The Disciplinary Appeal Commission has the authority to decide on appeals filed against the decisions made by the Disciplinary Commission of the first instance.
The Disciplinary Appeal Commission shall be composed of a President, a Vice President and three (3) other Members who shall all be appointed by the EC.
These Members must be legal specialists who are independent from the JUA and who have not provided consulting services for the JUA or for Member National Federations, and must not have sat on the Disciplinary Commission of the First Instance.
29.3 Operating procedures
The operating procedures for the Disciplinary Appeal Commission shall be governed by the JUA Disciplinary Code.
Article 30 - Ethics Commission
30.1 The Ethics Commission has the authority to:
a) provide conclusions and recommendations to the EC on topics submitted by the President of the JUA and to give its opinion at the request of JUA Members.
b) investigate cases of violations of the IOC Code of Ethics submitted to it and to make recommendations to the Disciplinary Commission of the first instance and the Disciplinary Appeal Commission of the JUA.
The Ethics Commission shall be composed of five (5) persons nominated by the Zones for the EC's approval and shall be selected for their qualities in the field of human relations, ethics and law.
Article 31 - Dissolution
The JUA may not be dissolved except by way of a Congress especially convened for this purpose and at a motion carried by a majority of two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast.
In the event of dissolution, the property and funds of the JUA shall be divided among its Members, after settlement of all dues and liabilities.