Partner/Lawyer, Sports Governance Unit (Zürich)
Between 1978 and 1985 Hans-Joachim Eckert was judge at the Regional Court Munich I, criminal division, and then public prosecutor at the Munich public prosecutor's office II. From 1985 to 1991 he worked as a judge at the Regional Court Munich I, civil division, and from 1991 to 1998 he was a prosecutor at the prosecutor's office Munich II, as head of department responsible for tax evasion, economic crimes and organized crime. From 1998 to 1999 he was senior public prosecutor at the Higher Regional Court Munich, where he was head of division and responsible for money laundering, organized crime and international relations.
From 1999 to 2003 he was then senior public prosecutor at the Munich public prosecutor's office I. As head of division for criminal cases and economic crime, Eckert was responsible for information privacy, Nazi crimes, economic and organized crime. In September 2003 he became Presiding Judge at the Regional Court Munich I and until September 2005 was focused on drug-related crimes
From October 2005 until his retirement in July 2015, Eckert was Presiding Judge of the business court division at the Regional Court Munich I.
The focus of his activities were corruption cases, tax evasion, general economic crime, organized crime, money laundering, cybercrime, and asset forfeiture.
Eckert was also active internationally for the European Commission, in Bulgaria, Serbia and Turkey. In Bulgaria, he was assigned by the European Union to advise the government and to help build a prosecutor's office specialized on corruption. In addition, he examined in cooperation with an Italian Mafia investigator 300 unsolved murders there.
Eckert lectures on organized crime, cybercrime and asset forfeiture at the German Judges Academy, the Academy of European Law and in the training institutes of the Bavarian State Police.
Hans Joachim Eckert was elected to the FIFA Ethics Committee in 2011.On 17 July 2012, he was named chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committeeby the FIFA Executive Committee. This decision was confirmed in May 2013 by a FIFA Congress.
End of 2014, his work was criticized by the chief investigator of the FIFA Ethics Committee Michael J. Garcia. At the same time, Garcia stepped down from his position.In October 2015, the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, chaired by Eckert, imposed a provisional suspension of 90 days against FIFA President Sepp Blatter, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke and UEFA President Michel Platini On 23 November 2015, Eckert opened the official proceedings against Blatter and Platini Upon closure of the procedure, Eckert announced on 21 December 2015 the sentence and imposed upon both a ban of eight years as well as fines.He opened the case against Valcke at the beginning of January 2016.The judgment was delivered on 12 January 2016. Valcke was banned for 12 years and fined 100,000 Swiss francs
In May 2017 he was controversially told that he would not be renominated after he had already been invited and traveled to the FIFA Congress in Bahrain. In an interview with Deutschlandfunk he explained that critical persons would apparently rather be replaced. His successor became Vassilios Skouris.