Empirical Views on European Gambling Law and Addiction

  • Simon Planzer

Part of the Studies in European Economic Law and Regulation book series (SEELR, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Simon Planzer
    Pages 1-7
  3. Gambling in the EU: Legal Framework

  4. Analysis of the EU Gambling Case Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Simon Planzer
      Pages 57-61
    3. Simon Planzer
      Pages 63-82
    4. Simon Planzer
      Pages 123-251
    5. Simon Planzer
      Pages 289-293
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 295-334

About this book


This book analyses the voluminous and meandering case law on gambling of the Court of Justice from an empirical perspective. It offers a comprehensive overview of the legal situation of gambling services in the EU Single Market. Additionally, the book presents the current state of research on gambling addiction. It then seeks to answer the central research question as to what extent the views of the Court of Justice on gambling find support in empirical evidence.

The Court of Justice granted exceptionally wide discretion to the Member States due to a so-called ‘peculiar nature’ of games of chance. With the margin of appreciation having played a key role, the book inquires whether the Court of Justice followed the principles and criteria that normally steer the use of this doctrine. Noting the Court’s special approach, the book elaborates on its causes and consequences. Throughout the book, the approach of the Court of Justice is contrasted with that of its sister court, the EFTA Court. Finally, the potential role of the precautionary principle and of EU fundamental rights in the area of gambling law is examined. 

Situated at the intersection of law and science, this book seeks to bridge the legal and scientific perspectives and the unique vocabularies common to each. It illustrates the direct relevance of science and empirical research for court cases and policy making. And it contrasts science-informed policy making with the on-going morality discourse on gambling.


Application of (the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU) Application to the Gambling Cases Consumer Protection and Public Order Empirical Evidence on Gambling Addiction European Gambling Law Gambling Addiction Gambling in Europe General Law on the Fundamental Freedoms Interplay of EU Law and National Gambling Regulation Judicial Views on Gambling Addiction Margin of Appreciation in the Gambling Case Law Precautionary Principle in European Gambling Law Proportionality Review in the Gambling Case Law Relationship of the State towards Gambling Role of Empirical Evidence in Current Gambling Case Law

Authors and affiliations

  • Simon Planzer
    • 1
  1. 1.Lecturer in LawUniversity of St.Gallen HSGSt. GallenSwitzerland

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