With over 25 years’ experience, Ricardo De Buen Rodríguez is considered the “go-to” lawyer in Mexico thanks to his extensive expertise in international sports law.
Based in Mexico City, Ricardo has been working in labour and sports law for more than 30 years, being the founding Partner of the international boutique law firm DE BUEN.
Pioneer developing sports law in México. Counsel (pro-bono at the beginning) of the Mexican Football Players Union (Futbolistas Agremiados de México), wining the official registration after a 6 years legal battle that ended in the Supreme Court.
He has advised several athletes of different sports, including cases related with doping, football clubs not only from Mexico but from South America and Europe, governing bodies, national associations and intermediaries.
Member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport since 2002. He was part of the ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport during the Olympic Games London 2012. First Mexican to be part of an ad hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the Olympic Games. The only iberoamerican arbitrator among the twelve arbitrators nominated for the ad hoc Division for London 2012.
Professor in some of the most prestigious Universities in Mexico and also an invited professor in sports law in ISDE in Madrid, St. Johns in New York, and lecturer in multiple Sports Law seminars in different countries around the World.
Member of the International Football Lawyers Association (AIAF), and a member of Rex Sport.
Co-author of books related to sports law, published in Argentina and Italy and author of several articles in publications worldwide. Ricardo is member of the Editorial Board of Football Legal from France and LawinSport from London.