Despina Mavromati

Attorney at Law, SportLegis Lausanne

Despina Mavromati is a Swiss and Greek attorney with extensive experience in international sports law and arbitration. She represents athletes, clubs and federations and advises on all 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 more than 80 sports arbitrations, involving contractual, governance, doping-related and other disciplinary and ethics matters.

A former managing counsel for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Despina has co-authored the renowned Commentary of the CAS Code (with Matthieu Reeb) and has an 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) from 2020 to 2021 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.

In addition to her practice, Despina teaches sports arbitration and sports contracts at the Law Faculty of 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 Vaud (CH) and the Thessaloniki (GR) bars. 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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