Nicolas Zbinden

Nicolas Zbinden

MLaw, LL.M., Attorney at Law

Place Saint-François 1
CH-1002 Lausanne

Tel +41 58 200 33 00

Fax +41 58 200 33 11


Cléa Muralti

Nicolas Zbinden’s practice is dedicated to sports law. He has represented WADA, International Federations and other sports organisations in more than a hundred cases before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Swiss Federal Tribunal and other courts. Nicolas also advises sports organisations with respect to regulatory and governance matters. In particular, he was part of the drafting team of WADA’s 2021 International Standard for Results Management and is a member of the Clean Sport Commission of the International Weightlifting Federation.

Practice areas
  • Sports Law
  • Arbitration
  • Litigation and Insolvency
Practice groups
  • Arbitration
  • Litigation and insolvency
  • Sports law
  • 2014: LL.M., University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2013: Bar exam, Geneva
  • 2011: MLaw, University of Neuchâtel
  • 2009: BLaw, University of Lausanne
Experience / Career
  • Since 2015: Attorney - Carrard & Associés
  • 2013: Attorney with Des Gouttes & Associés, Geneva
  • 2011-2013: Trainee attorney with Des Gouttes & Associés, Geneva
  • 2010-2011: Assistant to Professor Rigozzi (Sports law), University of Neuchâtel
  • 2008-2009: Legal counsel, Players’ Status Department (FIFA), Zurich
  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Vaud Bar Association (OAV)
  • Swiss Bar Federation (FSA)
  • Jeune Barreau vaudois
  • Registered in the Cantonal Attorneys' Register (Vaud)
  • ASA
  • Swiss Association for Sports law (ASDS)
Publications and presentations
  • La nouvelle loi sur l’encouragement du sport: du sport utile à l’utilité du sport (Olivier Bigler, Nicolas Zbinden), in: Rigozzi et al (Eds), Citius, Altius, Fortius, mélanges en l’honneur de Denis Oswald (2012)

  • La mediation en Suisse: les raisons d’un manque d’impact (Eric Fiechter, Nicolas Zbinden), (2013) 1 Plaidoyer 23

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