Gambling and the Law®

written by I. Nelson Rose


The law of gambling can be simple, or enormously complex. For example, all gambling requires three elements: prize, chance and consideration. But creating a successful game that has only two of those elements can be extremely difficult. Similarly, some forms of online gaming are legal, but only a legal professional can tell you whether your plans meet the requirements of the law.

Professor I. Nelson Rose is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on gambling law. He is an internationally known scholar, with more than 1,500 published works, and public speaker, often the keynote speaker on gambling issues. A 1979 graduate of Harvard Law School, he is a Distinguished Senior Professor at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California, where he taught one of the first law school classes on gaming law, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Macau.

Professor Rose is best known for his internationally syndicated column, “Gambling and the Law®.” Recent books include a collection of columns and analysis, co-authored with Bob Loeb, on Blackjack and the Law, and the first casebook on the law of legal gambling: Gaming Law: Cases and Materials (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender 2003), co-authored with Professors Robert Jarvis, Shannon Bybee, J. Wesley Cochran and Ronald Rychlak. Professor Rose’s latest book is Internet Gaming Law. The second edition, greatly expanded and revised, was published in 2009 and can be ordered here. Reprints of his landmark 1986 book, are available here: Gambling And The Law.

A consultant to governments and industry, Professor Rose has testified as an expert witness in administrative, civil and criminal cases in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, and has acted as a consultant to major law firms, international corporations, licensed casinos, players, Indian tribes, and local, state and national governments, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Texas, the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and the federal governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Professor Rose is co-editor-in-chief of the Gaming Law Review and Economics the official legal publication of the International Masters of Gaming Law. He is also a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and the European Association for the Study of Gambling.

With the rising interest in gambling throughout the world, Professor Rose has been invited as a public speaker to address such diverse groups as the National Conference of State Legislatures, Congress of State Lotteries of Europe, United States Conference of Mayors, and the National Academy of Sciences. He has taught classes on gaming law to the F.B.I., at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and as a Visiting Scholar for the University of Nevada-Reno’s Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming. Prof. Rose has presented scholarly papers on legal gambling in Nevada, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, England, Australia, Antigua, Portugal, Italy, Argentina, the Czech Republic and Japan.

To contact Professor Rose, send an email to: ROSE@SPRINTMAIL.COM.

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