Willem-Alexander Devlies

Willem-Alexander Devlies

Employment & Sports

Dutch, English & French.

Admitted to Leuven Bar: 2015
Admitted to Brussels Bar: 2021



Willem-Alexander advises a wide range of Belgian and international clients on all aspects of sports law, including regulatory matters, disciplinary proceedings and employment-related disputes. His experience includes acting for athletes, clubs, intermediaries and sports federations.

Willem-Alexander obtained a Master of Laws from the Catholic University of Leuven and a Master of International Sports Law from ISDE, Madrid, and gained international experience at the European Volleyball Federation (CEV) in Luxembourg and a renowned sports law firm in London.

Willem-Alexander acts on a regular basis as an ad hoc clerk in arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. He is also a member of the Dutch-speaking Chamber of First Instance within the Royal Belgian Pigeon Sports Association.

Willem-Alexander is recognized by Who's Who Legal as a Global Leader in the field of sports law.


Selection of publications:

  • “Vlaams sporttribunaal van start”, 2021, De Juristenkrant.
  • “The URBSFA’s decision not to grant Excelsior Virton a professional licence appears prima facie to be incompatible with Belgian competition law”, 2020, Football Legal.
  • “Technological fraud in cycling: the perceived success of the UCI’s action plan”, 2018, World Sports Advocate.
  • "The Sell-on Clause in Football: Recent Cases and Evolutions"​, 2016, Yearbook on International Sports Arbitration 2015, T.M.C. Asser Press/Springer.
  • "UCI's evolving approach to detecting technological fraud"​, 2016,  World Sports Law Report.
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