The Regulation of Gambling: European and National Perspectives

In November 2005 Tilburg University hosted for the first time an international Colloquium on the European and National Perspectives of the Regulation of Gambling.
The results of this exciting day are reflected in this book which brings together a wide range of perspectives from the contemporary debate surrounding the regulation of gambling markets within the context of the European Union. Not only does the book encompass both ends of the spectrum of the current discussion; it also brings together the perspectives of academics, lawyers and operators.
The debate on the regulation of gambling has been gathering pace following a series of judgments of the ECJ. In 2006 gambling was excluded from the proposed Services Directive, and the European Commission commenced infringement proceedings against a handful of Member States regarding restrictions on the supply of sports betting services. Given these developments and being one of the very few publications concerned with this topic, this book will serve as a timely and valuable contribution for all those interested in this emerging and at times decisive debate.
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Biographical Note

Cyrille Fijnaut is professor of international and comparative criminal law at the Law School of Tilburg University. In his fields of interest - organised crime and terrorism, international police and judicial cooperation, comparative criminal procedure and police law, the history of European criminology and of policing in Europe, police and police cooperation in the Benelux - he has written and edited some 75 books and published hundreds of articles. In the last 15 years he has worked as an expert for a number of governmental and parliamentary committees of inquiry in Belgium and the Netherlands with regard to organised and professional crime problems and in relation to security issues. Since 2005 he has a special chair, sponsored by the Dutch State Lottery, on the regulatory aspects of gambling in Europe.

Alan Littler graduated from the University of Dundee (UK) in 2002 in Law (LL.B Hons) and the University of Leiden (the Netherlands) in 2003 in European Community Law (LL.M cum laude) after which he completed an internship with Directorate General Internal Market and Services of the European Commission. After returning briefly to the University of Leiden he is now a researcher at the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (University of Tilburg) looking at the regulation of gambling in the European Union.

Table of contents

Preface Cyrille Fijnaut; List of Abbreviations; Introduction – A View from the Outside Pierre Larouche; Gambling Policy – The EU Dilemma Peter Kerstens; Has the ECJ’s Jurisprudence in the Field of Gambling Become More Restrictive when Applying the Proportionality Principle? Alan Littler; A View of European Gambling Regulation from the Perspective of Private Operators Martin Arendts; State Licensed Lotteries and Toto Companies in the Legal and Political Debate in the European Union Tjeerd Veenstra; Dutch Gambling Law and Policy: An Untenable Parochial Approach Nick Huls; A British View of European Gambling Regulation David Miers; French and Belgian Views of the European Gambling Regulation Thibault Verbiest; Closing Remarks Sofie Geeroms; Appendix; About the Authors; Index.

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