Louise Reilly BL

Louise Reilly is a barrister who specialises in sports law and international arbitration. She represents clients in disciplinary and commercial matters before domestic and international tribunals. Louise also sits as arbitrator and is the Irish alternate member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Arbitration experience

  • Appointments as sole arbitrator in proceedings conducted under the ICC Rules
  • Chair of anti-doping tribunal in dispute referred to Sport Resolutions UK
  • Representing the World Anti-Doping Agency before the Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Representing World Rugby in anti-doping proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Representing athlete in selection dispute before the Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Representing Sport Ireland in anti-doping cases brought before the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel
  • Representing the Gaelic Athletic Association in disciplinary cases brought before the GAA Dispute Resolution Authority
  • Representing the national governing body of a sport in a governance dispute
  • Former Managing Counsel and Head of Mediation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Former Deputy Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration


  • Visiting Professor of International Arbitration at Western Law School, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Dispute Resolution at Trinity College Dublin
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at University College Dublin


  • Junior Counsel 2005 (England and Wales 2014)
  • JSM (Masters degree), SPILS Fellow in International Legal Studies, Stanford Law School (2014)
  • Degree of Barrister at Law, The Honorable Society of King’s Inns (2005)
  • LL.B., Trinity College Dublin (2001)


  • English and French

Selected publications and speaking engagements

  • ‘Quality Assurance and Ethics in Dispute Resolution’, CIArb Midsummer International Dispute Resolution Conference, Dublin (June 2018)
  • ‘Recent Developments in International Arbitration in Ireland and the United Kingdom’, 33 Int. Arb. (2016)
  • ‘CIArb Young Members Group Centenary Celebration’, Paris (November 2015)
  • ‘Where to from here: A Canadian Strategy for Implementing the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights?’ Ryerson University, Toronto (May 2014)
  • ‘Lunch Seminar on International Arbitration’, Stanford Law School (February 2014)
  • ‘CAS Workshop’, Football Federation of Ukraine, Kiev (May 2013)
  • ‘Harmonisation of Irish Arbitration Law: Arbitration Act 2010’, 28 Int. Arb. (2011)
  • ‘Border Skirmishes: The Intersection between Litigation and International Commercial Arbitration’, University of Missouri School of Law (October 2011)


  • ICC International Court of Arbitration, Irish alternate Court Member
  • ICC Task Force on Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes
  • ICC Commission on Arbitration
  • Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, Sport Resolutions UK
  • ILA Committee on International Commercial Arbitration
  • ILA Committee on Rules of Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals
  • International Forum on Sports Law, Steering Committee
  • Member of CIArb
  • The Bar of Ireland, Arbitration and ADR Committee