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Dr Chris Bonett is a Maltese sports lawyer, currently serving as Vice President and Head of the Legal and Football Governance Department of the Malta Football Association.
Set up the Malta FA legal department in 2010, which department incorporates the player registration and TMS unit, the club licensing unit and the disciplinary unit.
Currently a member of the UEFA Control Ethics and Disciplinary Boday and a UEFA match delegate.
Regularly assists the Parliamentary Secretariat for Research and Innovation, Youth and Sport, and is in charge of the reform on the Commercialisation of Sports Facilities. Is also contributing on the drafting of the new National Sports Policy and represents the Government of Malta on the Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS).
A sports litigator, having successfully assisted numerous Maltese football clubs in front of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber and the Court of Arbitration for Sport of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Specialised in the field of anti-maniupulation of sports competitions, he has obtained the degree of Master of Law in Sports Law at the De Montfort University of Leicester, United Kingdom, after authoring and defending a dissertation entitled ‘FIXing the Beautiful Game: A critical analysis on the legal, regulatory and investigative mechanisms to combat match-fixing in football’.
A member of the British Association for Sports and the Law (BASL) and lectures third-year Bachelor of Law degree students at the University of Malta in the study-unit entitled ‘International and EU Sports Law’.
Specialisations: Sports Employment Law, Media Rights and Intellectual Property, Sports Regulatory and Sports Integrity.