Alistair McHenry

Director of Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Sport, Walker Morris LLP

Ben Rutherford

Senior Director, Legal,  International Tennis Integrity Agency

Bryan Faulkner

Head of Legal (Football Regulation and Litigation) at The Football Association (England)

Cliodhna Guy

Interim Chief Executive Officer Head of Licensing, Legal & Compliance (Legal Counsel), The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board

Despina Mavromati

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 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).

James Kitching

Independent Consultant & Former Director of Football Regulatory, FIFA

Jim Bunting

Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Jiri Janak

Attorney-at-law specialising in the fields of sports law, civil and procedure law, and business law.

Jodi Balsam

Professor of Clinical Law and Director of Externship Programs, Brooklyn Law School


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