arbiticonArbitration is a form of dispute resolution. Arbitration is the private, judicial determination of a dispute, by an independent third party. An arbitration hearing may involve the use of an individual arbitrator or a tribunal. Arbitration is an alternative to court action and generally just as final and binding.

Anthony is an accredited arbitrator.

In January 2016, Anthony was appointed by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) as an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The CAS, created in 1984, is an institution independent of any sports organisation which provides services to facilitate the settlement of sports-related disputes through arbitration or mediation by means of procedural rules adapted to the specific needs of the sports world. It has approximately 400 arbitrators from 87 countries. The CAS head office is in Lausanne, Switzerland with regional offices in Sydney and New York.

Anthony is a Fellow of the ACICA and a member of that body’s panel of arbitrators. He has also been appointed to the panel of arbitrators maintained by the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), the Thailand Arbitration Centre (THAC) and Sport Resolutions (UK).

He has been appointed by the Chief Judge of the District Court of NSW to that Court’s panel of arbitrators. He has also been appointed by the Chief Magistrate to the Local Court of NSW panel of arbitrators.

Anthony has sat as both a sole and panel arbitrator in commercial disputes especially involving sport.

His CAS appointments to date include: as President of various Appeal Panels; as a member of the ad hoc panel of the Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia, April 2018; as a member of the ad hoc panel of the Asian Games, Jakarta, Indonesia, August 2018; as a sole arbitrator in Shanghai; and as a party appointee in a commercial dispute.

As a member of the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) Appeals Committee and Disciplinary and Ethics Committee (formerly the FFA Dispute Resolution Chamber) since approximately 2008, Anthony has been involved in the determination of both disciplinary and commercial disputes that have arisen between the FFA, Member Federations, Clubs, and Players some of which have involved players and coaches of international repute.

As the Chairman of the Football NSW (FNSW) Appeals Tribunal since 2012, Anthony has been involved in the determination of disputes concerning grievances that have arisen between FNSW, Members of FNSW, Clubs and Players under the FNSW Grievance and Disciplinary Regulations.

Anthony has appeared as counsel for sporting associations including for Triathlon Australia in 2012 in an arbitration hearing which concerned an appeal by World Champion Emma Snowsill against her non-inclusion in the Australian Olympic Team, for athletes charged with violating world anti-doping regulations and for athletes including Kurtley Beale (Australian Rugby Union) in a code of conduct hearing.


“Mr Lo Surdo is a valued and important senior member of … [the Football Federation Australia] dispute resolution bodies and FFA is very pleased to have someone of Mr Lo Surdo’s experience, professional standing and dispute resolution acumen involved in the sport of football.” (FFA Head of Legal, Business Affairs and Integrity).

“Mr Lo Surdo is a valued and well respected member of the Football NSW Appeals Tribunal and has brought a high level of professionalism and experience to the role of Chairman…he has implemented a system of issuing directions to parties in an effort to distil the main issues and reduce the length of hearings.”  (Chief Executive Officer, FNSW)