The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) is an independent body, officially recognized by FIBA and outlined by the FIBA General Statutes, providing services for the rapid and simple resolution of disputes between players, agents, coaches and clubs through arbitration. It was established in 2006 (as the FIBA Arbitral Tribunal).

The key characteristics of BAT are:

  • True Arbitration under Swiss Law
  • Single Arbitrator appointed by the BAT President
  • Hearing and hearing of witnesses upon application only
  • Provisional and conservatory measures available
  • Arbitrator decides on the basis of general considerations of justice and fairness without reference to any particular national or international law (ex aequo et bono)
  • Decision within six weeks of end of proceedings

Failure to honour a BAT Award may entail sanctions by FIBA such as, a monetary fine, the withdrawal of a FIBA Agent's License, a ban on international transfers for a player or a ban on registration of new players for a club, as provided in the FIBA Internal Regulations.

For further information on the BAT, its proceedings and any requirements for filing a claim with the BAT, please visit the Process page.