Giulio Palermo is an arbitration specialist qualified in Switzerland, Italy and Spain.

Over the past 15 years, Giulio has been involved in over fifty international arbitrations in English, Spanish, Italian and French administered by all major institutions (e.g. International Court of Arbitration, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution, Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid, London Court of International Arbitration, Milan Chamber of Arbitration, etc.).

He mainly acts as counsel and also sits as an arbitrator (in matters including transnational sales contracts, construction, shareholders’ agreements, agency, distribution and license agreements, joint ventures, post M&A disputes, sport etc.). In 2020, he was voted as the most highly regarded arbitration practitioner in Europe by Who’s Who Future Leaders. Clients and peers single him out as “an excellent lawyer with unquestionable advocacy skills” who “tackles complex issues with ease and is a pleasure to work with”.

Giulio is a CEDR-accredited mediator and advises clients on contractual matters, pre-arbitration/litigation assessments, negotiations and mediations.

He is also deeply involved in sports disputes, with a special focus on disciplinary matters. In particular, he regularly represents clients before the CAS and is a member of the Sport Resolutions’ International Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators. Moreover, in his role as UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector, he represents UEFA in proceedings before the latter’s internal disciplinary and appeal bodies.

He is an active member of several professional associations (e.g. Vice-president of the Swiss Chapter and President of the Italian Chapter of the Spanish Club of Arbitration, Member of the Plenary of the Madrid International Arbitration Centre, former co-chair of the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR, former co-chair of the Spanish Club of Arbitration -40 and former regional coordinator of the ICC YAF).

Before joining Archipel, Giulio practiced arbitration in Geneva with Lalive, in Madrid with Juan Fernández-Armesto and in Paris with the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He initially trained with Barbera & Associati in Rome practising domestic and cross border commercial litigation.

He holds an LL.M in International Commercial Arbitration from Stockholm University and an LL.M in International Business Law from the Instituto de Empresa Law School in Madrid.

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An excellent lawyer with unquestionable advocacy skills [who] tackles complex issues with ease and is a pleasure to work with.

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Practice areas

  • International arbitration
  • Sports law
  • International contracts

Recent projects

  • Counsel of two North American Multinationals in a multi-party ICC arbitration proceeding related to the exploitation of natural resources in Africa
  • Counsel of a top-level athlete in CAS arbitration proceedings related to the interpretation of a cooperation agreement through which the athlete (provisionally) obtained the most significant reduction of suspension in the history of Athletics
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between five Spanish companies and an Asian investor related to the alleged breach of several M&A deals
  • Co-arbitrator in a post M&A multiparty dispute pending before the Milan Chamber of Arbitration
  • Counsel of a European sovereign state in ad hoc arbitration proceedings against another European state and a European state-owned company
  • President of an Arbitral Tribunal in ICC arbitration proceedings between a Spanish company and a Romanian company
  • Leading an ongoing investigation for the alleged breach of several provisions of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations by several officials and a club competing in the UEFA Europa League
  • Advising a top-level French club in relation to its player’s suspension from competing in the French Ligue 1
  • Counsel of an African football federation in CAS arbitration proceedings against the African Confederation
  • Sole arbitrator in an arbitration under the rules of the Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid, governed by Spanish law, between a top-level Brazilian football club and a Spanish consultant
  • Counsel of an Italian multinational in ICC arbitration proceedings related to a construction dispute against several Iranian respondents
  • Sole Arbitrator in arbitration proceedings under the Swiss rules, governed by Swiss law and the CISG, between a Swiss company and a Singaporean company
  • Counsel of an Italian multinational in ICC arbitration proceedings governed by Polish law, against an Eastern European company, concerning the construction of foundry machinery


  • Bondades y Riesgos del Arbitraje, un paseo por Europa (Asociación Venezolana de Arbitraje – Caracas, 22 July 2021)
  • Recursos contra el laudo TAS. ¿Qué criterios son frecuentemente mencionados por las partes? (Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje – Lima, 11 June 2021)
  • Appeals in Arbitration: oxymoron or archetype? (Online, 2 October 2020)
  • Arbitrage & Sport (CFA40 Comité français de l’arbitrage – Paris, 16 July 2020)
  • Qué podemos aprender los demás del arbitraje deportivo (Online, 30 June 2020)
  • CAS Jurisprudence: Updates & Key points in application for National/International Cases (UEFA Football Integrity Programme – Nyon, 28 January 2020)
  • Charla Internacional de Arbitraje y Derecho Deportivo (AmCham Perú – Lima, 20 September 2019)
  • The Arbitrator as a Dispute Manager (Belgrade, 5 April 2019)
  • Manejo eficaz de arbitrajes internacionales ¿Cuáles son las mejores prácticas? (San José, 26 February 2019)
  • Selected issues of Swiss law in International Sport Arbitration (Tirana, 18 January 2019)
  • Arbitration in the Digital Age (Mokra Gora, 30 November 2018)
  • Costs in International Arbitration (Rome, 7 October 2018)
  • The Fundamentals of International Legal Business Practice (Rome, 6 October 2018)
  • Enforcement of arbitral awards world-wide (Rome, 28 September 2018)
  • From Dispute Boards to “Arbitraggio”: A Comparative Analysis of Quasi-Arbitration Tools (Rome, 27 June 2018)
  • La mediación dentro del arbitraje (Madrid, 11 Junio 2018)
  • Las cláusulas escalonadas: Problemas juridiccionales y de admisibilidad (San Josè, 8 March 2018)
  • Responsabilità civile degli arbitri in diritto svizzero (Paris, 25 January 2018)
  • El árbitro como mediador (Madrid, 14 Dec 2017)
  • V Seminar of the Italian Chapter of the Spanish Club of Arbitration – “Dabo tibi ius: El proceso decisorio en el arbitraje internacional” (Naples, 6 Oct 2017)
  • Selected Issues of Sports Arbitration (Rome, 22 Sept 2017)
  • Shaping the future of dispute resolution & improving access to justice (Florence, 9 June 2017)
  • Quarto rapporto annuale sull’ arbitrato (Rome, 29 May 2017)
  • Security for Costs – Perspectives from Europe and Latin America (Vienne, 10 Apr 2017)
  • 13th Annual ICDR Y&I Coffee House Debate (Vienne, 9 Apr 2017)
  • Belgrade Arbitration Conference (Belgrade, 31 Mar 2017)


  • La riforma della legge svizzera sull’arbitrato internazionale: una prima analisi (Rivista dell’Arbitrato n. 4/2020, May 2021)
  • Anulado laudo del TAS contra deportista chino por parcialidad de un árbitro (CIAR Global, 18 January 2021)
  • Chinese swimmer wins challenge over arbitrator’s tweets (Global Arbitration Review, 15 January 2021)
  • Tenis y amaño de partidos: la TIU y el juicio injusto. ¿Por qué descalificar a un jugador si el tribunal lo absuelve? (Ubitennis, 21 December 2020)
  • Leveraging the Standard of Ex Aequo et Bono to Increase Diversity, Flexibility and Efficiency: Insights from the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (ASA Bulletin, December 2020)
  • Ex Aequo et Bono in International Arbitration (Review of the Kopaonik School of Natural Law, May 2020)
  • ECtHR and Arbitration: A New Framework Emerges for the Organisation of Dispute Resolution in Sports? (Kluwer Arbitration Blog, April 2020)
  • Riconoscimento di decreti di fallimento e di concordati stranieri in Svizzera (Rivista del Diritto del Commercio Internazionale – Giuffrè Francis Lefebvre, February 2019)
  • The Evolution of CAS Jurisprudence on Match Fixing (CAS Bulletin 2/2018)
  • Rechazado nuevo ataque contra el TAS (Revista del Club Español del Arbitraje, Wolters Kluwer, volume 32, 2018)
  • Why ‘national platforms’ are the cornerstone in the fight against match-fixing in sport: the Macolin Convention (LawInSport, 18 June 2018)
  • Independence of CAS vis-à-vis its Funders and Repeat Users of its Services (Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 25 May 2018)
  • Lodi non definitivi e i provvedimenti cautelari dell’ordinamento svizzero (Pacini Giuridica, Atti del Quarto Rapporto annuale sull’Arbitrato, 2018)
  • The Future of Cross-Border Disputes Settlement: Back to Litigation? (“40 under 40 International Arbitration”, 2018 – Carlos González-Bueno Catalán de Ocón; Dykinson)
  • TAS: aún en vilo tras la saga Pechstein (Revista del Club Español del Arbitraje, Wolters Kluwer, volume 27, 2016)
  • Court of Justice of the European Union. Case C-536/13. Judgement of 13 may 2015. Gazprom OAO v. Lietuvos Respublika. Anti-Suit Injunction Issued by Arbitral Tribunal. European Union Member State Court. Council Regulation nº 44/2001 is not binding to Arbitral Tribunals (Revista Brasilera de Arbitragen, Wolters Kluwer, volume 51, 2016)
  • Il Principio di mutual trust: ultimo baluardo della comunitarizzazione dell’arbitrato commerciale? (Rivista dell’Arbitrato, Anno XXV Fasc. 4-2015, Giuffrè Editore)
  • The Interface Between The Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements and the New York Convention of 1958 (Latin American Journal of International Trade Law, N° 1, Volume 3, 2015)
  • Judicial Review of Arbitrators’ Fees – A Swiss law perspective (ASA Bull. 3/2014)

Professional affiliations

  • Vice-president of the Swiss Chapter of the Spanish Club of Arbitration
  • Member of the Plenary of the Madrid International Arbitration Centre
  • Former President of the Italian Chapter of the Spanish Club of Arbitration (2017-2020)
  • Former Co-Chair of the Spanish Club of Arbitration menos 40 (2017-2018)
  • Former Co-Chair of the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR (2015-2016)
  • Former Regional Representative of the Young Arbitrators Forum of ICC (2013-2016)
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