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An Vermeersch holds an MS in Law (1998), an MS in European Law (1999) and a Ph.D. in Law (2007, EU sports policy and sports law). Since 2009 she’s a visiting professor of sports law in the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law at Ghent University. She teaches sports law at Ghent University and European law at Ghent University College.

An is an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS, General list and Football list, since mid 2023) and a disciplinary judge at the integrity chamber of the Flemish Sports Tribunal (since 2021). An is co-founder of “Sport&EU”, the Association for the study of Sport and the European Union (2005) and member of the editorial board of ‘Sports Law, Policy & Diplomacy Journal’ and ‘Voetbal- & Sportjuridische Zaken’.

Previous positions: arbitrator at the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport (2021-2023), disciplinary judge at the doping chamber of the Flemish Sports Tribunal (2023-mid 2023), arbitrator at the Centre for Sports Arbitration of CEPANI (2022-mid 2023), member of the Working Group on the Review of WADA Governance Reform (Nov 2020-May 2022), independent board member at the Flemish Tennis Federation (2018-mid 2023), member of the Belgian national platform match-fixing (2016-2020) and member of the Flemish disciplinary body on anti-doping (2007-2009).   

In the past she has been advising the Flemish minister for sport on various topics, in particular in relation to governance, ethics, EU sports policy and anti-doping (2000-2001 and 2011-2020). In that capacity she acted as Deputy member of the WADA Foundation Board (2013-2019). During the Belgian 2010 EU Presidency she worked as a project manager sport and chaired the EU Working Party on Sport.

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  • Sports Law
  • European Law

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Prevention Of Fraud in Sports project – PrOFS