Dec. 19, 2016 — Visiting scholar Li Zhi from China, who currently is researching legal issues of athletes' eligibility at the University of Houston Law Center, has been appointed to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Professor Li is the Director of the International Law Institute of Fuzhou University. A sports law specialist, Li also spent time as a visiting scholar at the Law Center during the 2010-2011 academic year, working on settlement issues of international sport disputes. His wife, Lin Rubi, is also a visiting scholar at the Law Center this year. She is the vice-director of the Legal Department, Traffic Detachment of Fuzhou Public Security Bureau. Her current research focuses on the comparative analysis of American and Chinese road traffic law.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport, founded in 1984 and based in Lausanne, Switzerland, is an independent body that helps resolve sports-related disputes through arbitration or mediation. The CAS currently has nearly 400 members worldwide available to serve on arbitral panels.
Each year UHLC hosts visiting foreign scholars from around the world to help them continue their legal research in Houston. The school provides office space and access to the Law Library's collection and research instruction. Visiting scholars also may audit classes with permission of the professor.