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Despina Mavromati


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Dr. Despina Mavromati is an attorney at the Swiss law firm BianchiSchwald and an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). She has extensive experience in international sports law and arbitration. She represents athletes, clubs and federations and advises on regulatory and sports governance matters, including the recognition and enforcement of awards and freezing of assets in Switzerland. Despina has acted as counsel, co-counsel, expert or arbitrator in numerous sports arbitrations, involving contractual, governance, doping-related and other disciplinary and ethics matters. Recognized as a Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal in Switzerland every year since 2018, “Despina Mavromati is “brilliant and accomplished” and “an amazing lawyer with immense knowledge and expertise when it comes to disputes before the CAS” (Who’s Who Legal 2023).

Despina has co-authored the critically acclaimed Commentary of the CAS Code (with Matthieu Reeb) and has in-depth experience of the mechanics of sports arbitration tribunals. She is a member of the UEFA Appeals Body and has previously served as the Chair of the Independent Ethics and Disciplinary Commission of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), the Disciplinary Tribunal of World Athletics and the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation and the Independent Tribunal of the International Tennis Federation.

Despina is a member of the bar in Vaud (CH) and Thessaloniki (GR). She holds a PhD from the University of Fribourg (CH), an LL.M. and an M.B.A. from the University of Saarland (DE) and a law degree from the University of Thessaloniki (GR).