Brussels stops revision of German gaming law

By Dr. Wulf Hambach, Maximilian Riege The EU Commission continues to block the planned revision of gaming law. The first draft for a new inter-state treaty had already fallen through with a big bang and, in its reaction to the revised draft which was published on Tuesday, Brussels does not hold back with its criticism…


WOGLR: Schleswig-Holstein v 15 states: the legal battle turns political

By Dr. Wulf Hambach and Dr. Stefan Bolay, published in WOGLR, October 2011 issue 10 The German State of Schleswig-Holstein recently approved a liberal gambling law, ignoring the wish of the 15 other federal states to agree on a new Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ITG), which advocates tight gambling regulation and a limited number of…


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: 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