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Michael Stephens | 2013 Speakers

Litigation Counsel, Hunter Litigation Chambers

Vancouver, Canada

Self Exclusion, Responsible Gambling and the Courts

Co-presented with Dr. Robert Ladouceur

Voluntary self-exclusion initiatives exist within a legal context. Around the world, casino operators have been the subject of legal proceedings in connection with gambling activity (both within the self-exclusion context and beyond).

Mr. Stephens will survey the existing body of case law from various jurisdictions (the U.S., Great Britain, Australia and Canada) and discuss points of interest and implications for the casino industry. Dr. Ladouceur will discuss the effectiveness of voluntary self-exclusion in the context of responsible gambling. He will highlight the responsibilities of the patron and the operator, and discuss new ways to improve the procedure and detection of breachers.

Mr. Michael Stephens is litigation counsel at Hunter Litigation Chambers, practising in the area of commercial law and public law litigation. He acts as legal counsel before courts and administrative tribunals, and in arbitration proceedings, in respect of a wide variety of commercial and administrative law disputes. He has experience before British Columbia and Federal Courts and at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Stephens has appeared as a speaker at legal education seminars and has been an instructor at the University of British Columbia Trial Advocacy Course. He has published in the areas of administrative law, constitutional law and litigation practice and procedure. Mr. Stephens is the current Chair of the executive of the Canadian Bar Association Administrative Law (B.C.) Subsection. Admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1998, Mr. Stephens has law degrees from Dalhousie Law School and Harvard University and is a former law clerk of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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