A new president for CIES
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Following the meeting of the CIES board on 12th January 2009, the CIES has a new President: Bertrand Reeb. Mr. Reeb is 65 years old, married with one child and the happy grandfather of three little granddaughters. He lives in Saint-Blaise, a small town in the vicinity of Neuchâtel.

Mr. Reeb studied law at the universities of Neuchâtel, Lausanne and Hamburg obtaining a bachelor degree in law, followed by further studies to become a lawyer, a profession he pursued through his own law firm until he was nominated on the Neuchâtel county Law Courts, of which he was also president. From 1993 onwards, he has been a Judge at the Federal Courts (Swiss Supreme Court) in which he chaired the Second Civil Tribunal. He also has a doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel.

In addition to his professional activities, Bertrand Reeb is member of the Executive Board of the Swiss Society for Jurists and President of the Court of Arbitration for the Swiss watch industry. Bertrand Reeb regularly participates in international seminars and congresses and publishes articles in various specialised law reviews. He and his wife also very much enjoy the theatre and opera.

Bertrand Reeb is a keen sportsman himself, especially in rowing and cross-country skiing. Furthermore, he was member of the Executive Committee for Neuchâtel Xamax FC for several years.

Although new to the CIES as President, Bertrand Reeb has nevertheless closely followed the activities of the CIES since its creation in 1995 by FIFA and the University of Neuchâtel.

"Since the beginning, I found extremely interesting and original the idea of forging closer ties between the worlds of sport and academia, in the form of linking the public and private sector in a true partnership: the creation of a Chair in sports law in Switzerland, a completely innovative post-graduate programme in "Management, Law and Humanities of Sport", and the development of an international university network," he said. 

"All this with the goal of improving the skills of current and future sports managers. Over the years, the CIES has grown considerably and its international reputation is second to none," he went on. "In 2010, the CIES will celebrate 15 years of activity. Hundreds of students from all over the world will have benefitted from the work of this wonderful institution to then become active alumni. I am delighted to be able to play a role in this great adventure and I hope to be able to contribute to its success. As an aside: my son Matthieu was actually one of the first collaborators of the CIES before he became General Secretary of the CAS/TAS!"