Studies at Universities of Neuchâtel, Zurich and Cambridge; Attorney, Doctor of law. Independent lawyer at Neuchâtel Bar. Judge at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); Director of the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES); Honorary Professor at the University of Neuchâtel, Invited Professor at the following Universities : Sorbonne (Paris), Zurich and Lausanne.
Member of the national rowing national team; Olympic Games Mexico City (bronze medal), Munich (8th), Montreal (8th), 4th World Rowing Championships 1974.
President of the International Rowing Federation from 1989 until 2014. Deputy Secretary General of the Swiss NOC (1985-1996). Member of the Board of Governors of the International Masters Games Association ; ASOIF President (2000-2012), Council Member of SportAccord (2000-2013).
IOC Member since 1991 and member of the IOC Executive Board (2000-2012); Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games in Athens and London, Member of the IOC Juridical, Disciplinary and legal affairs Commissions.