Nesson to speak at London seminar Tuesday Invades London for the WSOP-E

This Tuesday Harvard Professor Charles Nesson, the founder of the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society, will be a part of a symposium in London regarding the United States' actions in the global community regarding online gaming.

The seminar, titled "The Bush Administration's Criminalization of Online Gaming and the Implications for Global Free Trade" hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs, will focus on the actions of the current presidential administration toward the overseas companies that offer online gaming and poker.

It is free for the public to attend and will take place at 6:30 p.m. (London time) in The Arthur Seldon Room, at 2 Lord North Street, Westminster, SW1 (door on Great Peter Street.).

People interested in attending are asked to RSVP to IEA Reception by emailing

Professor Nesson will be joined by several prominent and knowledgeable members of the trade community. He will sit beside Dr. Sallie James, a Policy Analyst at the Center for Trade Policy Studies and the Cato Institute, and Lode Van Den Hende, a Senior Associate of Herbert Smith LLP, based in Brussels, specializing in E.U. competition and regulation.

The seminar will be chaired by John Blundell, the Director General and Ralph Harris Fellow of the IEA.

Some of the subjects that will be covered are ones Professor Nesson has discussed previously in his writings on the GPSTS Web site ( and on popular television shows such as Comedy Central's The Colbert Report.

The ongoing trade dispute between the U.S., the European Union and several other countries will be at the forefront with additional discussion on the latest developments in ongoing challenges to the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act, enacted by President Bush in 2006.

Other subjects that will be broached include:

  • the complaint filed by the Remote Gambling Association in December 2007 with the EC against the United States for discrimination based on violations of WTO rules, asserting that the U.S. Department of Justice is in violation of international law by threatening and pressing criminal prosecutions and other actions against foreign online gaming operators while allowing domestic U.S. gaming operators to flourish
  • Costa Rica's recent January challenge in the WTO regarding the UIGEA (which could unravel the agreement that was reached between the U.S. and the EU)
  • the implications on global trade

Professor Nesson, for his part, sees the problems brought on by the UIGEA.

"The conflict between the U.S. government and the online community over online poker and other forms of betting will not go away. There is growing concern about its impact on global trade, domestic U.S. law, and Internet freedom and regulation," he said.

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