Attorney-at-Law, Ph.D. in Law, LL.M., M.B.A.
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Dr. Despina Mavromati is a widely recognized expert in international sports law and an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). She provides legal advice to clubs, athletes and federations in contractual, disciplinary and governance matters and assists them in recognition and enforcement proceedings of arbitral awards. Dr. Mavromati is a member of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (Appeals Chamber) and has previously been appointed as an arbitrator to several tribunals of international federations (World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal; International Tennis Federation Independent Tribunal; Gymnastics Ethics Foundation; International Powerlifting Federation Doping Hearing Panel). She co-authored (with M. Reeb) the “Commentary on the CAS Code” (2015, Wolters Kluwer) and has been ranked as a WWL Thought Leader – Sports and Entertainment every year since 2018.


  • Lausanne


  • Sport
  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • European law


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Greek


  • Ordre des avocats vaudois (OAV)
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Thessaloniki Bar Association
  • Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
  • Member of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (Appeals Chamber)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Swiss Association of Sports Law
  • Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) (Board of Directors)

Other activities

  • Former lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Lausanne (2017-2023)
  • Founder / Former Board Member Women In Sports Law (WISLaw)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Editorial Board, LawInSport
  • Ethics and Disciplinary Commission Chair, IWF (2020-2021)

Contact T +41 58 220 36 70
F +41 58 220 36 71


12, avenue des Toises
P.O. Box 140
1001 Lausanne, Switzerland


    Despina Mavromati is a leading name in sports law according to market commentators, who describe her as “an amazing lawyer with immense knowledge and expertise when it comes to disputes before the CAS.
    Who’s Who Legal Switzerland 2023

    Despina Mavromati enjoys a strong reputation as “a very well-known sports lawyer” with significant experience representing clubs and athletes in complex disputes.
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