How are judges chosen for competitions?
How might it be possible to structure the staffing of panels differently to reduce judges' allegiance to national federations?
Let this thread be a place for questions, answers, and suggestions.
Here's the list of all qualified international officials for 2013-14:
Here, for example, are the results of the draw for the number of judges from each federation for each ISU championship, determined in Oct. 2013 for Jan-March 2014:
See the Special Regulations and Technical Rules here for the specific rules that are referenced in that document:
Olympics have a separate draw. See here:
For federations that have more than one qualified judge, the federation gets to choose which individual to send. That's why judges are afraid of pressure from their federations and may be willing to compromise their judging standards in response to such pressure -- if they don't judge the way the federation wants, they won't get chosen again in the future.
It was the judges who wanted to be able to call it as they see it without that kind of punishment who wanted the anonymous judging. Whether anonymity actually helps much in that regard, I don't know.