Cross-border Online Gambling Law and Policy

Cross-border Online Gambling Law and Policy

Julia Hörnle and Brigitte Zammit

This highly topical book analyses the conflicts between different regulatory regimes governing online gambling in the international context and how these affect the cross-border provision of online gambling.

Chapter 1: Introduction: What is at Stake?

Julia Hörnle and Brigitte Zammit

Subjects: law - academic, internet and technology law, private international law

Extract

Julia Hörnle Matt attends Gamblers Anonymous meetings. He is addicted to online gambling and in particular online betting and casinos. In his bad, obsessive times he spent more than ten hours several times a week in front of the computer screen until the early hours of the morning, not caring about anything or anyone else. He realized for the first time something was wrong with him when he gambled away the money he and his girlfriend had saved for a holiday. Eventually he got into debt and hoping to recover the money, he placed higher and higher stakes, enjoying the adrenalin rushes caused by this. But when he lost, and he lost many times, he could not face up to his losses and suffered from depression and low self-esteem. He borrowed from friends and family, promising them to invest the money and entangled himself in a web of lies, ultimately costing him his job, the relationship with his girlfriend and child, his friends and his home.1 1.1 AIMS AND SCOPE This book tells the story of an ongoing legal battle with uncertain outcomes. It is a battle between the extremely lucrative business of online gambling and states aiming to suppress this activity either for moral and social policy reasons or in order to protect their own (public) gambling provision, the revenue of which is used for social and cultural purposes. Fighting on the side of the gambling operators are the states aiming to attract gambling providers operating from their...