In early 2019 I realised that there were very few sports law resources that were open, free and accessible to all, especially students or those looking to move into sports law. Together with sports lawyer colleagues I set up Lex Sportiva. What started as a fairly small organisation has grown rapidly over the last year to over 30 contributors representing 15 nationalities and we’ve been read in over 150 countries. Highlights included being referenced in CAS submissions in Germany, being retweeted by an MLS team and most importantly being media partners of the FCE Congress. However, keeping the project going is not easy and we need your support.

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Executive Team:


Justin Humphries (UK) – Editor-in-chief (LinkedIn)

Law graduate from Durham University with a Masters in International Sports Law from ISDE, Madrid (2019). Justin has experience in private practice at Northridge, Bird & Bird and Morgan Sports Law. Justin is currently working at UK Anti-Doping in the legal case management team. Articles include Tumbang Preso, Gender (In)Equality, VAR: Friend or foe? Tackling Match Fixing, The Cost of Happiness, LawInSport Conference & The FCE Congress.

Udo Seckelmann (Brazil) – Editor (LinkedIn)

Udo is an attorney graduated from PUC-RJ (2017) and holds a Masters in International Sports Law from ISDE (2019). He works at Bichara e Motta Advogados in sports law, civil litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution. In 2019 he did a temporary internship at Lewis Silkin and advised World in Motion in London. Articles include FIFA Regulatory Changes, Contractual Hazard: Medical Examinations, The Endless War Against Agents: A Cap on Commission? and Getting into Sports Law: 5 Tips No-one Tells You.

Maria Vasli (Greece) – Head of Marketing (LinkedIn)

Graduate from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in law with a masters in Business Administration from the University of Macedonia. After collaborating on projects with startups she is working as a freelancer marketer. At Lex Sportiva she is head of marketing and responsible for social media updates and audience engagement.


Key Contributors:


André Oliveira (Brazil) – Contributor (LinkedIn)

Studied law at UFMG (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais). Currently Studying for LLM in International Sports Law at ISDE in Madrid. He is currently working at Osborne Clarke (Milan) as a Legal Intern. Articles include the “Pyramid System”No Profit? Here’s PROFUT!, Intermediaries and Minors and The WADA Whereabouts Rule: Coleman Case Study.

Gilberto J.Oliveras Maldonado (Puerto Rico) – Contributor (LinkedIn)

Attorney graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a background in Finance and Marketing. Currently Studying for LLM in International Sports Law at ISDE in Madrid. Articles include Puerto Rico: Sovereign Olympic Colony?“Shut Up and Dribble”? and Athletes > Medals.

Miguel Rodrigues (Portugal) – Contributor (LinkedIn)

Graduate from the Universidade do Minho in law and a Masters in Tax law. Currently Studying for LLM in International Sports Law at ISDE in Madrid. He is working as a Legal Intern at ELSA LEX (Vicenza). Articles include Football Paradoxes I and Football Paradoxes II and Italy’s New Licensing System for Agents.

William Reade (United States) – Contributor (LinkedIn / Twitter )

Law graduate from the South Texas College of Law he is a qualified lawyer in Texas. Currently working for Northridge Law (London) as an Intern. Articles include Major League Soccer’s Single Entity Structure and The MLS’ Growth and Role in World Football.

Antonis Vogiatzakis (Greece) – Contributor (LinkedIn)

Law graduate from Dimokrition Panepistimion Thrakis. Currently Studying for LLM in International Sports Law at ISDE in Madrid. He is an Intern at EFRAIM BARAK – Sport Law & Consultancy (Israel). Articles include TPO & TPI: Hate the Player and the Game and Monetary claims before FIFA: Are they worth it?

Divy Kadakia (India) – Contributor (LinkedIn)

Recent law graduate with a background in criminal law. Currently Studying for LLM in International Sports Law at ISDE in Madrid. He is working at the Czech Association of Football Players (Prague). Articles include Super League and WADA & Whereabouts.

Jaime-Louise Penaluna (United Kingdom) – Contributor (LinkedIn)

Law student at Edge Hill University. Articles include Policing UK Football: Is it Proportionate? and Newcastle United’s Saudi Takeover: For Better or Worse?

Kosmas Mitsios (Greece) – Contributor (LinkedIn)

Law graduate from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a Master in International Sports Law from ISDE in Madrid. After completing an internship at Bichara e Motta Advogados, he is a partner at AMD International. Articles include Justice for the 96 and Football during Covid-19: No Play no Pay?

Chirayato Benerjee (India) – Contributor (LinkedIn)

Law graduate from the National Law University Odisha. He is now a Civil Judge working in the West Bengal Judicial Service. Articles include Emiliano Sala: An Agreement Never Rests In Peace and VAR, What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing?


Other Contributors


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