Dr. Despina Mavromati is an attorney at the Swiss law firm BianchiSchwald and 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 a “brilliant and accomplished” lawyer, renowned for having “built a great name and profile in the market””.
A former managing counsel for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), 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 served as the Chair of the Independent Ethics and Disciplinary Commission of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and sits as an arbitrator on various tribunals of Olympic federations, including the UEFA Appeals Body, the Disciplinary Tribunal of World Athletics, the Independent Tribunal of the International Tennis Federation and the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation.
Despina teaches sports arbitration and sports contracts as a member of the Law Faculty at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and is a lecturer at several prestigious programs, including the AISTS Masters in Sports Management, the FIFA Executive Program on Sports Arbitration and the UEFA Football Law Program.
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).
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