WOGLR: Germany’s legal framework after the Carmen Media case

By Dr. Wulf Hambach and Dr. Michael Hettich, published in WOGLR, January 2011 issue 1 A number of European Court of Justice rulings – in particular, the Carmen Media case – have changed the legal basis for Germany’s gambling ban and could possibly pave the way for the end of the German Interstate Treaty on…


ECJ Judgement in the Carmen Media case (represented by Hambach & Hambach Law Firm):Gücksspielstaatsvertrag (German Interstate Treaty on Gambling) violates Union law – Schleswig-Holstein’s model now trend-setting

Press release by Hambach & Hambach Law Firm After the ECJ’s decision in case C-46/08 Carmen Media, the German gambling monopoly has come to an end. In its decision given today, the ECJ makes it clear that the Verwaltungsgericht (Administrative Court) of Schleswig, in its resolution of 30 January 2008 referring the case for a…


EGL: ECJ judgment in Carmen Media case causes legal chaos in Germany

Article by Dr. Wulf Hambach commissioned for and published in European Gaming Lawyer magazine Autumn issue 2010. 01.10.2010 The ECJ’s judgments on the Carmen Media case on September 8 have plunged the German gambling market into legal chaos, as they found that Germany’s regulations did not limit games of chance in a consistent and systematic…


WOGLR: “German state plans to pull out of interstate gambling treaty”

Published by WorldOnlineGamblingLawReport The German State of Schleswig-Holstein called this month for the cancellation of a German interstate gambling treaty – the Interstate Treaty on Lotteries (ITL) – that outlaws online gambling in all of Germany’s 16 states. The local ruling coalition, consisting of Angela Merkel’s Christian-Democratic Party (CDU) and the Liberal Party (FDP), has…


WOGLR: The legality of ’50 cent’ gambling

published in WorldOnlineGamblingLawReport, issue 08/09 By Dr. Wulf Hambach and Susanna Münstermann A regional court in Germany recently ruled that an online raffle was an illegal ‘game of chance’, even though its participation fee was 50 cents – which makes the online raffle admissible under the German Interstate Broadcast Treaty (RStV). Dr. Wulf Hambach and Susanna Münstermann,…


iGamingBusiness: Germany and the Inter-State Treaty

By Dr. Wulf Hambach and Susanna Münstermann, published in iGamingBusiness, issue May/June 2009 The Inter-State Treaty on Gambling and the implementation of the prohibition of gambling on the worldwide web – nothing is (im) possible… (…)  Download the complete article here