A professor from Queen's University in Belfast as been appointed as an arbitrator to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.
Professor Jack Anderson is the first Northern Ireland-based appointee to the body which is effectively sport's international court.
Limerick native Anderson's previous work has included studies of match-fixing for global sporting bodies.
"I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed," said the professor.
"I look forward to bringing my experience as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Queen's to this role, and likewise, in ensuring that my experience of Cas, as a globally leading institution, informs my teaching and work with my students."
The current Court of Arbitration for Sport panel consists of former Supreme Court judges, senior barristers, former Olympians, leading experts in the fields of sports medicine and administration and those with an international reputation in the field of sports dispute resolution and law.
Professor Anderson is a member of a United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Expert group on combating match-fixing in sport.
The Limerick man is also the editor-in-chief of the International Sports Law Journal.
The Queen's academic is secretary of the Gaelic Athletic Association's Disputes Resolution Authority in his native country.