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GREF Lecture, ICE 2017

09th January 2017

The GREF Board is delighted to announce this year’s GREF lecture will be given by the former executive director of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and past Chairman of GREF, Mr André Wilsenach.

Andre is now Executive Director of International Center for Gaming Regulation, UNLV’s International Gaming Institute (IGI) and the William S. Boyd School of Law and will provide a topical and thought provoking presentation focusing on regulators and regulation keeping pace with developments and change. (See abstract below)

The lecture is open to all GREF members as well as our colleagues from regulatory authorities further afield.

There is no charge for this lecture.

Guest Lecturer:  Mr André Wilsenach,

Title: Gambling regulation around the world: A health check

Date: Wednesday 8th February 2017 @ 16:00

Venue: South Gallery Room 25, Excel Conference Centre, London

Abstract: The gambling industry has come a long way from being regarded as a vice that was legally permitted in only a few jurisdictions. Today, gaming is considered part of the services sector, competing with other leisure and entertainment industries around the world.

The question is, whether the regulation of gambling has kept pace with developments globally, both within and outside the gambling industry. Therefore, is gambling regulation around the world sufficiently cognizant of changes within industry? Is it sufficiently sensitive to the commercial pressures placed on industry? Does it enable industry to develop, innovate and compete for its rightful share in the entertainment and leisure industries, whilst being socially responsible?

This presentation is aimed at stimulating debate amongst regulators and policy makers about some of these questions by looking at global trends and tendencies in gaming policies and regulation, and comparing it with developments in other regulated sectors. Other areas to consider are the rationale for the sequestered nature of gaming regulation; the relationships that exist between regulators and industry; and the role that academe could potentially play in promoting a healthy regulatory approach towards gambling regulation.