Madalina Diaconu

Madalina Diaconu

Managing Partner

Ph.D in Law, LL.M. in European and International Economic Law, Master in Sports Management

A barrister and an academic, Dr. Madalina Diaconu is specialized in European and International Economic Law, with an emphasis on Sports Law, Gambling Law and Entertainment Law. She has 20 years' experience in the legal practice and has worked for major international and Swiss organizations active in these areas.

As a barrister, she mainly practices commercial and contract law (including labor law), criminal law, immigration law and human rights.

Dr. Diaconu also appears regularly in front of arbitral tribunals, notably in sports law cases.

In parallel to her activity at the bar, Madalina Diaconu is an Associate Professor at the University of Neuchâtel where she teaches Economic Law and Sport and the Integrity of Sports Organizations. She is also an invited professor at the Universities of Fribourg and Bucharest and has lectured at Columbia Law School (New York).

A specialist in Sports Integrity, Dr. Diaconu is also a member of the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (UEFA CEDB).

She is also an external consultant for the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (ISDC) in Lausanne and for several Swiss and International organizations active in the fields of Sports, Games and Entertainment.

Preferred Practice Areas

Specialist in Sports Law & Gambling law, Entertainment Law, with an emphasis on European Law aspects

General practice includes Civil and Commercial law ; Contract law ; Civil liability ; Administrative law ; Labour Law ; Family Law; Criminal Law; Immigration Law; Human Rights

Professional associations

Barrister admitted to the Bars of Neuchâtel and Bucharest

Member of the Sports Law Association

Member of the Swiss Association for Sports Law (ASDS)

Member of the European Association for the Study of Gambling (EASG)

Swiss Society of Criminal Law (SSDP)

Other Interests, memberships

Associate Professor at the University of Neuchâtel - Sport Law and Economy. Invited professor at the Universities of Fribourg and Bucharest and to Columbia Law School (New York)

External expert for the Swiss Institue of Comparative Law (ISDC); Scientific collaborator at the Swiss Institute for Public Management (IDHEAP) in Lausanne (international public governance)

Formerly worked at the International Olympic Committee (Lausanne), the European Court of Justice (Luxemburg) and the Loterie Romande (Lausanne)

Personal information

Barrister in NE since:  2012
Languages:  French, English, Spanish, Italian, Romanian
TVA:  CHE-377.666.419 TVA


  • « Essential Principles of Swiss Law Applied to Sports », undergoing
  • « Droit économique et sport. Aspects suisses et internationaux », Helbing Liechtenhahn, Basel, 2015,
  • « International Trade in Gambling Services », Ed. Wolters Kluwer Law International, La Haye, Los Angeles, 2010, p. 273

Articles and varia

  • "Match-fixing, the Macolin Convention and Swiss law: An Overview", in Jusletter 16 September 2019 (with Prof. André Kuhn)
  • Conference on the "European Response to Match-fixing: A Legal Update", Oct 9, 2018, at Columbia Law School (New York)
  • Contribution and coordination of the Study «Model Criminal Law Provisions for the Prosecution of Competition Manipulation», UNODC-IOC, 2016/2017
  • « Criminal Sanctions for Match-Fixing: What's New in the World? », Jusletter 23 May 2016
  • « Jeux hors-la-loi ou loi hors-jeu ? », Conférence au Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Neuchâtel, avril 2014

  • « La bonne gouvernance institutionnelle dans le sport : état des lieux, enjeux et perspectives », à paraître, Mélanges en l’honneur du professeur Denis Oswald, 2012
  •  « Betting, Sport and Integrity: Past, Present and Future from a lawyer’s perspective  », International Review on Sport and Violence, printemps 2012
  • « Le financement du sport par les paris sportifs : un essai de typologie », in : Jusletter 16. 07.2012
  • « Cheating to win / Cheating to loose: Structural responses to match fixing. Lessons learned in the fight against doping », communication lors d’une conference avec Jean-Patrick Villeneuve et Jean-Loup Chappelet; à paraître, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 2012
  • « Citius, Altius, Ingeniosius?: Of Sports, Mind Games and Poker », avec Alexandra Veuthey, Causa Sport no. 1/2012
  •  « Poker, hasard ou adresse: les jeux (ne) sont (pas) faits », avec Alexandra Veuthey, Jusletter, Avril 2012
  • « Sport Betting and the Governance of Sport », communication lors de la 8e conférence européenne d’études du jeu, European Association for the Study of Gambling, Vienne, septembre 2011
  • « A quand une agence mondiale anti-corruption ? », avec Jean-Patrick Villeneuve, Le Temps, édition du 28 octobre 2010, p.17
  • « Integrating Gambling in the Governance of Sport. Financial Opportunities and Ethical Challenges », avec Jean-Patrick Villeneuve, communication lors de la Conférence Sport & EU, Gand, juillet 2010, publiée dans la Sport&EU Review, 1/2010
  • « Dynamiques suisses et internationales dans le domaine des paris sportifs », Working paper IDHEAP,  2010
  • « The "Bolkestein directive" and the attempted harmonisation of games of chance: skates and perspectives”, in « L'harmonisation internationale du droit » – Chappuis Christine; Kadner Graziano Thomas; Foëx Bénédict (éds.), Genève, Schulthess Verlag, 2007
  • « The Implications of European Law on the Financing of National Sport Organisations », mémoire de master et communication lors de la 33e Assemblée générale des comités olympiques européens, Dubrovnik, décembre 2004
  • « The Baltic Olympic Committees – Typology, Challenges and Development Opportunities within the European Union », 77 p., publications du Comité International Olympique, 2004
  • « La liberté d’expression et la censure – un exercice de droit comparé  », Revue Politeia, no.9, Bordeaux, 2006
  •  « Le principe de la non-rétroactivité de la loi en droit européen », les Annales de l'Université de Bucarest, 2005
  •  « Les modifications de la Constitution roumaine en vue de l’adhésion à l’Union européenne », Revue Politeia no.5, Bordeaux, 2004
  • « L’effectivité de la norme constitutionnelle », Revue Politeia no.4, Bordeaux, 2003
  • « La protection des minorités linguistiques par leur Etat-parent – Une comparaison »,  Revue Politeia no.2,  Bordeaux, 2002

Avocats et notaires

  • Fritz Stahl
    Managing Partner 

    Fritz Stahl

  • Danielle Hausser Zilla
    Managing Partner 

    Danièle Hausser Zilla

    Notary Public
  • Richard Calame
    Managing Partner 

    Richard Calame

    Dr. iur., Certified Specialist SBA Real Estate and Construction Law
  • Soizic Wavre
    Managing Partner 

    Soizic Wavre

    Attorney certified Specialist SBA in family law and Economist
  • Christopher De Sousa

    Christopher De Sousa

    Lawyer & Public Notary
  • Vanessa Schmid

    Vanessa Schmid