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Dr. Robert Ladouceur | 2013 Speakers

Professeur Émérites, Université Laval de Québec

Québec City, Canada

Self Exclusion, Responsible Gambling and the Courts

Co-presented with Mr. Michael Stephens

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.

Dr. Robert Ladouceur, is a Professor Emeritus at Laval University in Quebec City. Here he developed a cognitive treatment for pathological gamblers, which is now widely used around the world.

Dr. Ladouceur’s work on gambling is internationally recognized. He has presented his work across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia, and has also presented at the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, the presidential U.S. commission on gambling, on two occasions.

In 2003, he received the Senior Research Award from the National Center for Responsible Gaming at Harvard University, and in 1996 he received the Research Award from National Council on Problem Gambling, recognizing the high quality of his work.

Dr. Ladouceur has published 450 scientific papers, made 500 presentations and published five books. Most recently, he published a paper on responsible gambling called the Reno Model, with Alex Blaszczynski from University of Sydney, Australia and Howard Shaffer from Harvard University. His latest book, Overcoming Pathological Gambling: Therapist Guide (Treatments That Work), written with Stella Lachance, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007.

After completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Ladouceur was awarded two post-doctoral fellowships from Temple University in Philadelphia and Geneva University in Switzerland.

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