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Legal Intern 

Full-time post (100%) – Reporting to the FIM Legal Director

Based in Mies (VD), Switzerland

Starting/ending date: tbd – duration: 6 months, tbc

Unique opportunity for a law graduate with a strong interest in sports law


Founded in 1904, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is an international federation formed by 115 National Federations throughout the world and is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The FIM is the worldwide governing body for motorcycle sports and the global advocate for motorcycling. With more than 50 World Championships organised under its aegis, the FIM works for the benefit of the sport and all its stakeholders.
The FIM Legal Department is happy to provide a traineeship for a dedicated and team-oriented Legal Trainee. You will deal with specific legal affairs of the FIM under supervision of the FIM Legal Director, to whom you will report.

What we offer

The FIM will provide you with an opportunity to develop your skills and gain experience in an exciting and demanding environment. Your tasks in this position may, in particular, include the following:

General Legal Advice 

  • Providing general legal advice, support and assistance (including legal opinions and legal research) on various legal issues (sporting, disciplinary, contract, association, governance, risk management and litigation matters) related to the day-to-day business of the Federation;
  • Reviewing and amending specific FIM Regulations (e.g. FIM Statutes & By-Laws, FIM Arbitration and Disciplinary Code, FIM Codes and Sporting regulations);
  • Reviewing and drafting various contracts (e.g. event organisation, sponsorship, trademark licensing, supply of services, agency, software contracts) and other legal documents
  • Assisting in the registration of FIM trademarks and other applicable intellectual property rights and in conducting any related oppositions and/or litigation proceedings;
  • Interfacing closely with and advising the FIM Administration staff (in particular the Coordinators and their related sporting and technical commissions) on various legal queries arising out of their work and related to sporting and non-sporting matters:
  • Providing prompt and concise legal advice and specific solutions-driven support to all FIM departments

Sports Law

  • Providing legal opinions (supported by appropriate legal research) on sports law matters and related proceedings (i.e. sporting, disciplinary and anti-doping disputes);
  • Providing support for the FIM Legal Director in relation to legal cases brought before the FIM disciplinary bodies, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Arbitration Tribunals or ordinary state courts.

What you offer

  • You hold a law degree (LLB or equivalent and Masters, preferably in Swiss law) or are in the process of obtaining one and will graduate very soon.
  • You have a sound knowledge, through experience or academic training, of sports law, international arbitration (in particular CAS arbitration) and international contract law.
  • Previous experience (e.g. internship in an international law firm) would be highly appreciated.
  • You are capable of working autonomously and accustomed to time pressure.
  • You are self-motivated, flexible, pragmatic and precise.
  • You are service- and solution-oriented and deliver on time.
  • You have strong analytical as well as good communication skills.
  • An excellent command, both written and spoken, of the FIM official languages (English and French) is essential. In particular, an excellent command of written English with proven drafting ability (legal documents and correspondence) is required.
  • You have very good computer skills.

How to apply

The FIM is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested? Please send your complete job application (including motivation letter, CV and copies of your work references and diplomas) exclusively to the Jobup platform.

Further information or questions may be sent directly by email to the Human Resources Manager at the following email address [email protected]

Please note that CVs not corresponding to the above requirements will not be considered or receive a reply.

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