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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

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Efraim Barak is commended by sources for his "high level of knowledge and professionalism" and is described as "one of the pioneers of sports law internationally".

Biography

Efraim Barak was born in Argentina in 1957 and has lived in Israel since 1964. He completed his law degree at Tel Aviv University in 1987, when he was admitted to the Israeli Bar. Efraim is also an honorary member of the Buenos Aires Bar.

For many years, Efraim was the senior partner at D Mirkin & Co, where he founded and headed the sports law department. On 1 January 2018, he established his own firm, Efraim Barak Sport Law & Consultancy, to deal exclusively with sports law and institutional sports consultancy, with a special focus on international sports law.

He has practised sports law for more than 25 years, and has substantial practical experience in advising and representing athletes, clubs and sports organisations nationally and internationally. For the past 12 years he has been involved in many academic activities, and has been invited to speak at congresses and seminars on sports law worldwide. In 2019 he was made general counsel of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF).

As a CAS arbitrator since 2005, he has been appointed to deal with more than 280 sport-related arbitrations as of the end of 2018 (including as president of the panels and as sole arbitrator). Within his role as a CAS arbitrator, he has been a member and president of panels in high-profile cases, and dealt with a variety of different topics in the field of sports and sports law, such as governance and regulatory matters, commercial and employment disputes, media rights disputes, and disciplinary matters including doping cases, match-fixing cases and others. In his work he has covered all matters related to sports law.

Efraim Barak was a member of the CAS ad hoc division of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and of the CAS anti-doping ad hoc division of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Since 2015, he has been a member of the legal committee of UEFA, of which he also became second vice chair in 2019; in addition, he provides ongoing consultancy services to UEFA. In 2018, he was appointed to the Sport Resolutions (UK) international panel of arbitrators and mediators.

He is a founder, member, board member and treasurer of the RexSport Association, and a member of the International Association of Football Lawyers (AIAF).

Efraim Barak is the founder and academic director of the two ISDE master’s programmes in international sports law, of which he has also spent over 10 years as a professor. He regularly lectures on other sports law LLM and master's degrees, and is a professor of sports law at various universities and organisations worldwide, including universities in New York, Zurich, Shanghai, Madrid and Valencia. He also teaches on the FIFA diploma in football law, the UEFA football law programme, The "LaLiga" programme in football and sports law, the Real Madrid programme on sports law in collaboration with the European University in Madrid, the executive master’s in sports governance (MESGO) and others. Since 2018, he has also been the academic director of the CEU-RexSport international sports law master's programme at the Cardenal Herrera University (CEU) in Valencia and Madrid, Spain.

He is one of the founders of RexSport’s educational department, RexSport Academy, and heads its academic and educational activities, including establishing sports law programmes and the administration of conferences, seminars and workshops on sports law matters.

He is also very involved in various public activities related to sports law in Israel. His various roles have included: member and head of the advisory committee on statutes and by-laws of the Israeli Football Association; judge in the Supreme Court in relation to the Israel Basketball Association; independent adviser to the committee in the Israeli Parliament (the Knesset) that dealt with measures against violence in sport; member of the drafting committee of the Israeli Law for the Prevention of Violence in Sport; and member of the sports law committee of the Israel Bar. Between August 2014 and November 2017, he held the positions of general counsel and head of legal at the Israel Football Association.

Efraim provides services exclusively on the field of international sports law. While continuing his work as a CAS arbitrator, as well as his educational and academic activities, he uses his knowledge and extensive experience in the field to provide legal (as well as general and institutional) consultancy to athletes, clubs and sport organisations worldwide.

Efraim is fluent in English, Spanish and, of course, Hebrew.

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