Gauthier Bouchat

Gauthier Bouchat

Employment & Sports

French, English and Spanish

Admitted to the Brussels Bar: 2018

Gauthier advises a wide range of Belgian and international clients on all aspects of sports law, including employment-related disputes, disciplinary proceedings and regulatory matters.

Gauthier has worked for almost four years as Legal Counsel for the Players’ Status Department of FIFA, where he developed special expertise in football employment-related matters and international transfer contracts.

Gauthier is also experienced in litigation and often represents clients in contractual and disciplinary procedures before sports judicial bodies, including FIFA, UEFA and CAF.

Furthermore, Gauthier recently assisted a client in a record-breaking transfer to Arsenal FC.

Gauthier is often requested to lecture on topics related to (inter)national sports law. He has recently lectured at the Université de Lille.


Selection of publications:

  • “Liquidated damages clauses: a critical analysis of the jurisprudence of the Dispute Resolution Chamber and the Court of Arbitration for Sport”, Football Legal, June 2018
  • “The enforcement of post-decision settlement agreements”, Football Legal, June 2018
  • “What are the obligations on footballers to conduct media activities ? Comparing the rules in UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and Italy, LawinSport, September 2018
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