Mr Michiel van Dijk > CMS > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Sport, Employment & Pensions




As partner, Michiel van Dijk specialises in sport matters and employment law. In his sport practice, Michiel mostly advises sports organisations, sports associations and (international) top athletes on a wide variety of sports issues. Michiel specialises in dopingprocedures, selection issues and sports related issues.

Michiel is active in the world of sports, both as committee member and as an active sporter. He is secretary to the Vereniging voor Sport en Recht‘ and editorial member of the Tijdschrift voor Sport en Recht’. 

Michiel was president of the Audit Committee Doping for eight years and has been president of the Disciplinary Committee of the Nederlandse Rugby Bond (Dutch Rugby Association) for many years. Furthermore, he is a member of the Disciplinary Committe ‘Betaald Voetbal‘ with the KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association) and Michiel has several advisory positions with NOC*NSF.


Dutch, English, German


  • Lecture at Nyenrode, Law College Utrecht, VU, Erasmus University, SOMT University
  • Chairman Disciplinary Committee Rugby Europe (formerly known as FIRA/AER)


  • Labour Law, Grotius Academy for Post-Graduate Law Studies
  • Dutch Law (Private and Criminal Law), Utrecht University

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

The media, entertainment and sports team at CMS is co-led by Rogier de Vrey and Michiel van Dijk. Heading the IP department at the firm, de Very is well-versed in navigating IP disputes. Van Dijk is recommended for sports matters, with some of his regular clients including sport associations and high-profile athletes. Amajanti van de Beek is another excellent source of advice concerning the sports industry; she often assists with sponsorship agreements, athlete promotional contracts and allegations of doping, among other matters.

Netherlands > Employment

The employment practice at CMS uses its global perspective and connections to advise its largely international client base on employment issues in the Netherlands. Reorganisations and related employment issues have become an increased focus of the firm, alongside advising on dismissals, collective bargaining agreements, and redundancies. Team lead Katja van Kranenburg-Hanspians is well versed in issues related to ESG and the TMT sector, often advising on whistleblower and compliance matters. Michiel van Dijk combines his sports and employment law expertise to advise sports organisations on various employment issues.