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Dr Marjolaine Viret is a Swiss-qualified attorney and an associate in our international Sports Law group and Life Sciences group in London. 

Prior to joining Bird & Bird, Marjolaine gained considerable experience in litigation and international arbitration in one of Switzerland’s leading law firms. She has frequently acted in international cases before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and sports tribunals, in doping or other regulatory proceedings. She assisted international federations or sportspeople on a range of regulatory and disciplinary matters in a variety of sports, including equestrian, cycling, gymnastics, basketball, football, and motorsports. Recent work has also included advice on Swiss law of association and personality rights in procedures before international sports bodies, consultations on research regulation and health data in the context of anti-doping, and providing expert opinion in CAS proceedings on use of scientific evidence. 

As part of our international Life Sciences group, Marjolaine's recent projects have involved supporting a medical device client through its CE marking procedure and interaction with the notified body, as well as looking at decision-making of the European Commission on the grant of a marketing authorisation for medicinal products, or advising on regulatory requirements applicable to 'novel food' in supplements. 

Marjolaine is actively involved in developing strategies in anti-doping and has held positions within panels and committees in sports organisations. After several years with the appeal authority for club licensing of the Swiss Football League, she currently acts as a member of the UCI Anti-Doping Commission, which advises on anti-doping policy in international cycling. 

Marjolaine holds a PhD from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and is a lecturer in several sports law programs. She is the author of the book “Evidence in Anti-Doping at the Intersection of Science & Law”, an in-depth guide for practitioners on scientific proof, published through T.M.C Asser Press / Springer (2016).

Having always lived, studied and worked in a multilingual environment, Marjolaine is fully bilingual French & German (incl. Swiss German).

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