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Japan: Horse Racing Act Amended

(June 16, 2015) Japan’s amended Horse Racing Act was promulgated on May 7, 2015. (Horse Racing Act, Act No. 158 of 1948 (amended by Act No. 18 of 2015), text of amendment bill, The House of Representatives website (in Japanese).) When the amendment becomes effective within six months of its promulgation, the Minister of Agriculture […]

Sweden: Child in Protective Care Following Excessive Online Gaming

(July 16, 2014) On April 11, 2014, the District Administrative Court in Linköping, Sweden, granted a petition by the Socialnämnd (Social Welfare Committee) to take a 14 year-old youth into protective care based on his excessive gaming. (14-åring tvångsvårdas för datorspelande – “socialt nedbrytande situation,” DAGENS JURIDIK (Apr. 16, 2014).) The child had not attended […]

Israel: Police Not Authorized to Block Gambling Websites

(Mar. 29, 2013) On March 24, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel rendered a decision in an appeal filed by the Israeli police against the Internet Association of Israel. Justice Uzi Vogelman rejected the appellants’ claim that district police commanders in Israel have the authority to order Internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to […]

European Union: Commission Considers Possible Regulation of Online Gambling

(Sept. 19, 2011) On September 7, 2011, following the publication of a green paper and a public consultation, the European Commission announced that it intends to draft a communication on a proposal regulating online gambling. It is anticipated that the proposal will be in the form of a directive that will establish minimum standards concerning […]

Mozambique: New Law Lifts Restrictions on Establishment and Operation of Casinos

(Jan. 19, 2010) It was reported on January 11, 2009, that Armando Guebuza, the President of Mozambique, signed into law an amendment to the 1994 gambling law. (Guebuza Promulgates Casino Bill, AGENCIA DE INFORMACAO DE MOCAMBIQUE, Jan. 11, 2010, available at Mozambique's parliament unanimously passed the bill in June 2009, and the Constitutional Council, […]

Aruba; Belize: Advisories on Online Gaming

(Jan. 14, 2010) Belize's Ministry of Economic Development, Commerce, Industry, and Consumer Protection recently issued an advisory to warn that it has discovered that a number of online gaming companies are claiming that they hold online gaming licenses, but that the only two companies that are actually officially licensed to operate from the country are […]

Denmark: Court Rules Against Poker Player

(Sept. 16, 2009) Denmark's Supreme Court ruled recently that a man who had won 194,000 kroner (about US$37,700) playing poker online had to surrender his winnings. The gambler was unemployed, and his winnings were his sole form of income. For that reason, the Court stated that he was in violation of Danish legislation banning earning […]

Ukraine: Gambling Banned Nationwide

(June 30, 2009) On June 23, 2009, President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine signed a law that prohibits gambling in the country. On June 11, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) had overridden a presidential veto of the Law on Prohibition of Gambling Business and Participation in Games of Chance in Ukraine. Earlier, on May 7, 2009, the […]

South Africa: Internet Gambling Law Passed

(June 2, 2008) The South African Parliament approved a new gambling law designed to curb gambling-related negative socio-economic problems; it was published on May 19, 2008. The bill introduces rules on player protection, licensing, taxation, and advertising. It requires that every player be registered with a licensed interactive gambling provider and submit an affidavit indicating […]