Born in 1960 and master of law in 1983 (University of Neuchâtel / Switzerland), Pierre Cornu passed the bar exam two years later, after a time of practice in a law office. He then worked as an attorney, and became investigating judge in 1987. Elected as the general prosecutor of the canton of Neuchâtel in 1997, he presided over the Swiss Association of Prosecutors and also worked as an expert in Council of Europe projects, in particular about judges’ and prosecutors’ ethics and deontology. In 2011, Pierre joined UEFA as chief counsel, integrity and regulatory affairs. Within this frame, he managed UEFA’s disciplinary bodies and set up a network of integrity officers from the national associations and programs for fighting the manipulation of competitions. In August 2012, he returned to Neuchâtel to join the CIES, where he dealt in particular with governance and integrity issues. In 2015, he returned to the justice system and is now a judge at the Court of appeals, still in Neuchâtel.
Pierre has chaired the Swiss Football Association’s disciplinary and control committee from 1993 to 2009, and then the same association’s appeals body from 2009 to 2011. Since 1988, he chairs the appeals body of the Neuchâtel region’s football association. He also chaired the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) disciplinary committee from 2008 to 2011 and is a member of this committee again since 2013. Since 2016, he is the chairman of the CIES Board.
Pierre is married and the proud father of two daughters. He lives in Neuchâtel.