Structure: Judicial & Other Bodies
FIBA bears the responsibility to safeguard the integrity and reputation of the sport of basketball worldwide and is constantly striving to protect its image from jeopardy or harm as a result of immoral or unethical activities, methods and practices (FIBA Internal Regulations, art. 1-16).
With this in mind, FIBA’s regulations include a strict Code of Ethics, that applies collectively and individually to FIBA’s membership, employees and officials directly and indirectly affiliated to FIBA. It also applies to organizers of FIBA Competitions and events, as well as those bidding for the right to host them.
Established under Article 36 of the FIBA General Statutes, the FIBA Ethics Panel oversees the observance of the Code of Ethics as set out in the FIBA Internal Regulations (articles 1-16 to 1-55).
Role of the Ethics Panel
The role of the Ethics Panel is to examine possible breaches of the Code of Ethics and to report on its inquiries and deliberations (FIBA Internal Regulations, art. 1-44).
The principle of confidentiality shall be respected strictly by the FIBA Ethics Panel in all of its activities (FIBA Internal Regulations, art. 1-45).
Alleged breaches of the Code may be referred by the following to the Ethics Panel for consideration:
- The President of FIBA
- The Central Board
- The Secretary General
- National member federations
(FIBA Internal Regulations, art. 1-46)
Referrals must relate to alleged breaches of the Code within the previous five years (FIBA Internal Regulations, art. 1-48).
After appropriate inquiry and consideration of the matter, the Panel will either dismiss the referral or make a prima facie finding of breach/es of the Code of Ethics together with its recommendation/s to the Secretary General or to the Central Board, as appropriate (FIBA Internal Regulations, art. 1-51).
The Ethics Panel also prepares a report for the Congress (FIBA General Statutes, art. 36.2).
Composition of the FIBA Ethics Panel
The Ethics Panel consists of a minimum of three and a maximum of six persons appointed by the Congress. The Ethics Panel elects one of its members to be chairman of the Panel (FIBA General Statutes, art. 36.3).
The Ethics Panel members for the 2019-2023 term are:
- Mr Scott Derwin (AUS)
- Mr Maurice Watkins (GBR)
- Mr Gerasime Bozikis (BRA)
- Mr Abderraouf Manjour (TUN)
- Mr Saburo Kawabuchi (JPN)
For further information please refer to the FIBA Code of Ethics (FIBA Internal Regulations, Book 1, Chapter 3), available here.
Established under Article 38 of the FIBA General Statutes, the FIBA Disciplinary Panel adjudicates at a world level on sanctions for a wide variety of matters outlined in the General Statutes or the FIBA Internal Regulations, as well as any other matter referred to it by the FIBA Secretary General. This includes but not limited to:
- Ethics violations;
- Violations of the Official Basketball Rules;
- Violations of the FIBA Internal Regulations;
- Anti-Doping Rule Violations.
Please note that the information about the FIBA Disciplinary Panel procedures in this page is for basic informative purposes only. For the exact, legally-binding and most up-to-date Disciplinary Panel regulations and processes, always refer to the FIBA Internal Regulations – General Provisions (articles 1-152 to 1-167 and 1-170 to 1-172).
All persons who are the subject of proceedings before the Disciplinary Panel have the right to be heard, and may be assisted by legal representative of their choice and/or a representative of the respective national member federation (FIBA Internal Regulations, art. 1-156).
Hearings may be conducted in writing or orally. The competent FIBA body is free to decide in which manner to conduct the hearing. (FIBA Internal Regulations, art. 1-156).
Appeals against decisions of the Disciplinary Panel may be lodged with the FIBA Appeals’ Panel (FIBA Internal Regulations, articles 1-173 and 1-184).
The Secretary General shall appoint a pool of between two and six persons, at least one of whom shall be a member of the Legal Commission and one of whom shall be a member of the Medical Commission. For each case, the Secretary General shall appoint from the pool, the Chairman and members of the Disciplinary Panel (FIBA Internal Regulations, art. 1-153).
The list of the Disciplinary Panel members appointed for 2019-2023 are as follows:
Disciplinary matters – General
- Eleonora Rangelova (BUL), Legal Commission Deputy-Chairwoman
- Lubomir Kotleba (SVK), Technical Commission Deputy-Chairman
- Olivier Ducrey (SUI), External Attorney
Disciplinary matters – Anti-Doping
- Dr Pete Harcourt (AUS), Medical Commission Chairman
- Dr Souheil Sayegh (SUI), Medical Commission Deputy-Chairman
The Appeals Panel hears and rules on appeals filed by an affected party against decisions of FIBA including its organs and disciplinary bodies, unless such appeal is the competence of an Appeals’ Panel of a FIBA Zone or expressly excluded in the FIBA General Statutes or Internal Regulations (FIBA Internal Regulations, art. 1-173). The Appeals’ Panel does not, however, hear appeals that relate to decisions by referees or table officials during games or at the conclusion of games. Such decisions and appeals are dealt with in accordance with the Official Basketball Rules (FIBA Internal Regulations, art. 1-174).
The appealing party has the right to have their appeal heard in a hearing, to be represented by legal counsel, to make written submissions and to present evidence at the hearing (FIBA Internal Regulations, art. 1-182).
Please note that the information about the FIBA Appeal’s Panel and appeal procedures in this page is for basic informative purposes only. For the exact, legally-binding and most up-to-date Appeals Panel and appeals regulations and processes, always refer to the FIBA General Statutes (art. 39) and the FIBA Internal Regulations – General Provisions (Book 1, Chapter 7).
The FIBA Appeals Panel has a four-year term identical with that of the Central Board. It consists of a Chairperson and a minimum of six other members and is elected by the FIBA Central Board. All members must have legal training (FIBA General Statutes, art. 39.1).
The Appeals Panel members for the 2019-2023 term are:
- Mr Marek Palus (POL) - Chairman
- Ms Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) - Vice-Chairwoman
- Mr Francisco Amallo (ARG)
- Mr Anais Nicholas D’Arville (AUS)
- Mr Andreas Faller (SUI)
- Mr Amr Nabil Omran (EGY/UAE)
- Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma (IND)
- Mr Krešimir Škarica (CRO)
- Ms Diana Tesic (SRB/CAN)
- Mr Serge Vittoz (SUI)
The Nominations Panel of FIBA was introduced with the new FIBA General Statutes of 2014. Its purpose is to rule on the eligibility of persons nominated for election to various official FIBA positions and bodies, especially in view of the geographical and gender criteria outlined in the General Statutes and other criteria outlined in the Internal Regulations of FIBA.
Beyond verifying the eligibility of nominations, the Nominations Panel also makes recommendations as to the vision, skill and expertise that the nominated persons could bring to FIBA.
The Nominations Panel consists of the outgoing President of FIBA, the FIBA Secretary General as well as three persons appointed by the FIBA Congress, upon the proposal of the President and Secretary General.
Subject to Articles 14.1.13 and 33 of the FIBA General Statutes, any dispute arising from the General Statutes, the Internal Regulations, other rules and regulations, and decisions of FIBA that cannot be settled by the FIBA internal-appeals process shall be definitively settled by a tribunal constituted in accordance with the Statutes and Procedural Rules of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Lausanne, Switzerland.
The parties concerned shall undertake to comply with Statutes and Procedural Rules of this Court of Arbitration for Sport and to accept and enforce its decisions in good faith (FIBA General Statutes, art. 40).
The position of Integrity Officer was introduced in 2020 with the appointment of Mr. Richard MCLAREN (CAN).
Role of the Integrity Officer
The Integrity Officer shall have the following roles (FIBA Internal Regulations articles 1-199, 1-200):
- The Integrity Officer shall support FIBA in the investigation of any potential violation brought to his attention. For the purposes of such review, the Integrity Officer may upon FIBA’s request or approval, conduct specific investigations and collaborate with relevant public authorities.
- Investigate of any alleged breaches of the FIBA Code of Ethics and Integrity or the FIBA Anti-Doping Regulations that are referred to the Integrity Officer by FIBA;
- Ensure all investigations conducted on behalf of FIBA are reasonable, proportionate, and in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and budgeting guidelines of FIBA;
- Keep confidential any information obtained through reports on or investigations into potential integrity-related violations, unless authorized by FIBA to disclose to public authorities or required by law to do so;
a. If necessary, propose to FIBA specific expertise that may be needed in support of the investigation; and
b. Provide an independent report to FIBA following an investigation.