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European Union: Commission Considers Possible Regulation of Online Gambling

(Sept. 19, 2011) On September 7, 2011, following the publication of a green paper and a public consultation, the European Commission announced that it intends to draft a communication on a proposal regulating online gambling. It is anticipated that the proposal will be in the form of a directive that will establish minimum standards concerning […]

Fiji: Anti-Doping Treaty Ratified

(Nov. 24, 2010) On November 17, 2010, Fiji deposited its instrument of ratification of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport with the United Nations. Under the provisions of the treaty, it will come into force in Fiji on January 1, 2011. (Ratification by Fiji of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport (Paris, 19 […]

Mozambique: New Law Lifts Restrictions on Establishment and Operation of Casinos

(Jan. 19, 2010) It was reported on January 11, 2009, that Armando Guebuza, the President of Mozambique, signed into law an amendment to the 1994 gambling law. (Guebuza Promulgates Casino Bill, AGENCIA DE INFORMACAO DE MOCAMBIQUE, Jan. 11, 2010, available at http://allafrica.com/stories/201001111528.html.) Mozambique's parliament unanimously passed the bill in June 2009, and the Constitutional Council, […]

Aruba; Belize: Advisories on Online Gaming

(Jan. 14, 2010) Belize's Ministry of Economic Development, Commerce, Industry, and Consumer Protection recently issued an advisory to warn that it has discovered that a number of online gaming companies are claiming that they hold online gaming licenses, but that the only two companies that are actually officially licensed to operate from the country are […]

Denmark: Court Rules Against Poker Player

(Sept. 16, 2009) Denmark's Supreme Court ruled recently that a man who had won 194,000 kroner (about US$37,700) playing poker online had to surrender his winnings. The gambler was unemployed, and his winnings were his sole form of income. For that reason, the Court stated that he was in violation of Danish legislation banning earning […]

Ukraine: Gambling Banned Nationwide

(June 30, 2009) On June 23, 2009, President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine signed a law that prohibits gambling in the country. On June 11, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) had overridden a presidential veto of the Law on Prohibition of Gambling Business and Participation in Games of Chance in Ukraine. Earlier, on May 7, 2009, the […]

Slovak Republic: New Public Entertainment Rules

(Dec. 24, 2008) On November 24, 2008, Ivan Gasparovic, the President of the Slovak Republic, signed a new Law on Organizing Public Sports and Tourism Events. The Law is aimed at improving safety at sports arenas and making sports fans' behavior at stadiums more civilized by prescribing stricter rules for spectators, increasing the responsibility of […]

United Nations: Treaty Against Doping in Sports

(Nov. 18, 2008) One hundred countries have now signed a global treaty against doping in competitive sports. Paraguay signed the agreement on November 12, 2008, making it possible to reach that goal. The International Convention Against Doping in Sport, which was adopted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in October 2005, […]

Israel: Prohibition of Violence in Sports

(Sept. 8, 2008) On July 30, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Prohibition of Violence in Sports Law, 5768-2008. The Law incorporates provisions previously applicable only to soccer and basketball based on specific amendments of the Safety in Public Places Law, 5723-1962. The Law is designed to improve law enforcement and eliminate violence in […]

South Africa: Internet Gambling Law Passed

(June 2, 2008) The South African Parliament approved a new gambling law designed to curb gambling-related negative socio-economic problems; it was published on May 19, 2008. The bill introduces rules on player protection, licensing, taxation, and advertising. It requires that every player be registered with a licensed interactive gambling provider and submit an affidavit indicating […]