The Portuguese state has created an Arbitral Court for sports, which has mandatory jurisdiction over all administrative disputes arising in relation to sports federations, sports leagues and the anti-doping authority. The goal was to remove these type of cases from the state courts, which in the context of sports disputes were often viewed as slow, ineffective and bureaucratic. The Portuguese Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has been fully operational since 1 October, 2015.
Law 74/2013, of September 6th, 2013, created the Portuguese Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and approved its inherent regulation. This is a milestone in a lawmaking procedure that began in May 2012 and has experienced several obstacles.