Online Gambling in the European Union: A Tug of War Without a Winner?
CROSS-BORDER ONLINE GAMBLING LAW AND POLICY, J. Hörnle, B. Zammit, eds., Edward Elgar, 2010
34 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2010
Date Written: April 20, 2010
This Article looks at the conflict between national regulation of gambling on the one hand and the freedom to provide services within the EU/EEA on the other hand. Online gambling is gambling (such as betting, casino and other games, poker tournaments and lotteries) on the internet. National regulation of gambling in Europe has traditionally attempted to confine gambling and keep it within narrow bounds (through criminal prohibition, providing for state controlled gambling monopolies, by limiting it to certain tightly controlled physical locations, such as casinos and by prohibiting advertising). Different national standards are in conflict with the freedom to provide services. This Article analyses this conflict in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice and how this conflict relates to the wider social policy issues associated with online gambling.
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