E-gambling

 
 
   

ASPECTOS JURÍDICOS DEL JUEGO EN INTERNET

El Instituto Suizo de Derecho Comparado organizará, los 12 y 13 de febrero próximos, un congreso sobre los Aspectos Jurídicos del Juego en Internet.

Este congreso no tendrá solamente por objeto el estudio del "e-gaming" desde una perspectiva nacional. Todo lo contrario, se habrá de examinar la problemática de la coexistencia internacional en un (ciber) espacio privado de fronteras, ya que la proliferación del juego en Internet ha llevado a sus más lejanos extremos la delicada temática de la regulación extraterritorial.

Por un lado existen estados que - deseosos de beneficiar de fuentes de ingresos – incentivan el desarrollo de los juegos en línea y el establecimiento de operadores dentro de sus territorios.

Por otro lado, están aquellos que prohiben la explotación y el acceso a los juegos virtuales, tanto a operadores como a jugadores. Entre ambos extremos están las jurisdicciones que intentan regular el juego virtual, manteniendolo dentro de límites social y juridicamente aceptables.

Cómo conciliar los regíments prohibitivos con los liberales e incluso con los oportunistas ?

Es posible establecer niveles internacionales mínimos de regulación ?

Debería constituírse un mecanismo internacional de control ?

Estas son algunas de las interrogantes que los especialistas de los derechos del ciberespacio y del juego  intentarán responder en el marco del congreso 

El programa completo y un formulario de inscripción de encuentran el el sitio Internet del Instituto Suizo de Derecho Comparado:

http://www.isdc.ch/e/default.asp

Programa del congreso (formato pdf)

 

Law of Internet Gambling:

From National Regulation to Global Solutions
International Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland
12th and 13th February 2003
 
Organised by the
Swiss Institute of Comparative Law
The Swiss Institute of Comparative Law is a statutory authority of the Swiss Confederation and operates as part of the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police

It’s finally on the agenda – the first international conference to deal exclusively with the legal and regulatory issues arising out of internet gambling!

A team of experts in the field will be joined by speakers representing a number of jurisdictions which have already taken or are in the process of adopting a clear legislative stance on internet gambling. They will lead the discussion of questions of law that currently need to be addressed in all European countries and indeed around the world.

This conference will be of vital importance to national regulatory authorities of countries which have not yet reacted to the explosive development of the internet gambling industry and of immense interest to industry participants who want to place their operations on a sound legal basis and be prepared for impending changes in the law.

Some of the most important issues of internet law and technology affecting cross-border operations will be addressed by internationally recognised experts, who are aware of the newest developments on each subject. The focus of the conference will look beyond that, however, to the global coordination of diverse national regulatory approaches, which range from the encouragement of a broad based internet gambling industry, through the legally uncertain toleration of discrete offers by offshore gambling sites, to the prohibition of gambling on the internet. If a transnational online gambling industry is to thrive in the face of diverse regulatory, ethical and social concerns, the negotiation of some form of international agreement will have to be seriously considered, in order to reconcile the conflicting national laws.

Conference participants will also benefit from an advance insight into the results of a broad-based, but detailed juridical study of existing internet gambling laws around the world. The results of the study, led by the research team of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, which is hosting this conference, will subsequently be published and available for purchase by conference participants.

It is clear that the conference will also appeal to the ever increasing number of lawyers for whom internet gambling is just one of the many activities governed by the law of cyberspace. Seen in that light, the coordination of distinct national approaches to internet gambling is only a part of the more general problem of the co-existence of quite different legal systems in a borderless electronic universe. Solutions for internet gambling proposed at this conference might therefore be of relevance to other fields in which the internet permits restrictive laws to be evaded by means of a server located in a more liberal jurisdiction.

All parties interested in the current and future legal regulation of internet gambling should immediately reserve the conference dates (12 and 13 February 2003) in their diaries.

 

PROGRAMME

Wednesday, 12 February 2003

Registration and Light Luncheon Reception from 12:00

Afternoon Session – 14:00 to approx. 17:00 – Thibault Verbiest, Chairman

Introductory Presentations

Conference Background and Objectives (Prof. Bertil Cottier, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law)

Around the World on a Roulette Wheel: a global survey of existing regulatory systems, policies and practices (Dr. Alberto Aronovitz, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law)

Theme A: The Transnational Gambling Market and Diverse Regulatory Environments

Conflict and coordination between diverse regulatory environments

(Eva Schriever, LL.M. Bruges, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law)

Protectionist environment – the Danish approach (Peter Sehestedt, Senior Policy Advisor to the Danish Ministry of Finance)

Free market environment – the British approach (Clive Hawkswood, online gambling specialist, Head of Section Betting & Racing, British Dept. of Culture, Media and Sport)

The Swiss approach (Yves Rossier, Secretary-General, Swiss Federal Casino Commission)

Technical tools available to national regulators and international operators

(Prof. Franחois Grize, Director, Information Technology Institute, Faculty of Sciences,

University of Lausanne)

 

Gala Dinner - Keynote Address: Strategies for setting up successful cross-border internet gambling operations (Patrick Partouche, CEO, Groupe Partouche, France)

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Thursday, 13 February 2003

Morning Session – 09:00 to 12:30 – Michael Smeaton, Gamcare, Chairman

Theme B: Key Cross-Border Legal Issues currently faced by Online Operators and National Regulators

 

Advertising – the key to tapping foreign markets (Thibault Verbiest, Senior Lecturer at the Universities of Liטge and Paris X Nanterre, Belgian and French Attorney-at-Law)

National player protection standards – a potential barrier to cross-border operation and regulation (Martin Sychold, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, U.S. Attorney-at-Law)

Payment problems and new solutions (Joseph M. Kelly, Buffalo College of the State University of New York, U.S. Attorney-at-Law)

Potential liabilities of online transnational gambling operators and financial intermediaries (jurisdiction, applicable law and substantive principles) (Prof. Andrea Bonomi, Faculty of Law, University of Lausanne)

Financial and Auditing Aspects (speaker to be confirmed)

 

Afternoon Session – 14:00 to 17:30 – Joseph M. Kelly, Chairman

 

Theme C: From National to International Supervision and Regulation

National supervision of transnational operations (representative (to be designated) of the Gambling Control Commission of the Isle of Man)

Inter-governmental cooperation (representative (to be designated) of the Australian Federal Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts)

Regulation through international instruments – the European Union’s approach

(Jean Bergevin, D.G. Market, E.U. Commission, Brussels)

Regulation through international instruments – the World Trade Organisation’s approach (Dr. Sophie Geeroms, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law)

Discussion Theme – Necessity and Characteristics of an International Instrument

(Presided by Prof. Luzius Mader, Vice-Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Justice,

Co-Chairman of the Committee of Experts drafting a new Swiss code of lottery and

gambling law)

Speakers and session presidents will be assembled in a discussion panel

Participants will be invited to pose questions and make observations

 

Closing Presentation (Prof. Bertil Cottier)

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Friday, 14 February 2003

Morning Session – 9:00 to no later than 12:00 – Dora Andres, Chairman

Special session for Swiss Regulators . Participation by invitation only .

(Presided by Dora Andres, Minister for Police and Military Affairs of the Swiss Canton of Berne, Co-Chairman of the Committee of Experts drafting a new Swiss Code of Lottery and Gambling Law)

This session will provide a unique opportunity for regulators of internet gambling and related fields under Swiss law to discuss the issues with the speakers and session presidents and benefit from their internationally acquired expertise on the subject.

Exceptionally, this session will be held on the premises of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

VENUE: The conference will be held at the Hotel Alpha Palmier, which is located

Rue du Petit-Chךne 34, CH-1003 Lausanne (please refer to the map on www.fhotels.ch).

The last session, participation in which will be by invitation only, is exceptionally to be held on the premises of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, located in the grounds of the University of Lausanne at Dorigny. Special transfer arrangements will be made for invited participants.

REGISTRATION requires the completion and return of the attached registration form by 15 December 2002. Late registrations will be accepted, until 31 January 2003, only in so far as places are still available.

REGISTRATION FEE: 950 Swiss Francs (plus bank charges) for all participants. The fee includes attendance at the Gala Dinner and all other conference meals, coffee breaks and handouts. Late registration fee, paid after 15 December 2002, will be 1’200 Swiss Francs.

LANGUAGE: English will be the sole official language of the conference.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Blocks of rooms have been pre-reserved for conference participants until 15 December 2002 at the

 

Hotel Alpha Palmier***** equivalence

Fr. 240.- + tax and breakfast

Rue du Petit Chךne 3, CH-1003 Lausanne / tel. ++41 (0)21 55 55 999 /

fax ++41 (0)21 55 55 998 / e-mail : alpha@fhotels.ch

Hotel Elite*** (limited offer)

SFr. 120.- + tax and breakfast

Rue Sainte-Luce 1, CH-1003 Lausanne / tel. ++41 (0)21 320 23 61 /

fax ++41 (0)21 320 39 63 / e-mail : info@lausanne-elite.ch

Lausanne Guesthouse

Sfr. 88.- + tax and breakfast

Epinettes 4, CH-1007 Lausanne / tel. ++41 (0)21 601 8000 /

fax ++41 21 601 8001 / e-mail: info@lausanne-guesthouse.ch

For individual reservations, please contact the hotels directly, mentioning the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law.

 

Information about other accommodation providers may be obtained by contacting Lausanne Tourisme, Postbox 49, CH-1000 Lausanne 6, tel. : ++41 (0)21 613 73 16 - fax : ++41 (0)21 616 86 47 - www.lausanne-tourisme.ch

 

TRANSPORTATION: International flights to Geneva or Zurich. There is a railway station in each airport, allowing passengers to take intercity trains directly to Lausanne from Geneva (45 minutes) or Zurich (2 hours 30 minutes). International high speed trains connect Lausanne directly with Milan (3 hours 10 minutes) and Paris (4 hours) several times each day.

As you come out of the great hall of the railway station, cross the square directly in front of you, turn left and proceed to walk up the first street on your right (pedestrian zone). The conference venue (Hotel Alpha Palmier) is located on the left hand side of this street (Rue du Petit-Chךne), about 100 metres up from the square (Place de la Gare). In case of doubt, refer to the location map at the internet address which is cited above.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, tel. ++41 (0)21 692 49 11 (Martine Do-Spitteler)

or by e-mail to Martine.Do@isdc-dfjp.unil.ch

 

REGISTRATION FORM

I would like to take part in the international conference on the

Law of Internet Gambling: From National Regulation to Global Solutions

on 12 and 13 February 2003.

Surname and First Name:

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Job Title:

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Street Address:

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Post Code and City .................................................... Country: ..........................………

E-mail and Telephone / Fax:

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Special Meal Requirements:

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Deadline for registration at the price of SFr. 950 (plus bank charges) for each conference

participant is 15 December 2002.

Late registrations at the price of SFr. 1’200 for each conference participant will be accepted, subject to the availability of places, until 31 January 2003.

This form should be faxed to the following number: ++41 (0)21 692 49 49

or sent to the following postal address:

Martine Do-Spitteler, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Dorigny, CH-1015 Lausanne

or you may wish to register via our web site at http://isdc.ch/forms/reg_gambling.htm

Payment may be effected either by a bank giro or telegraphic transfer to the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law’s Bank Account No. GO-427.143.0 at the UBS SA, 1002 Lausanne, Switzerland (Bank Clearing No. 0243) notification to payee “Gambling”, or by a cheque made out to the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law.

 


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