The Institute for Gambling and Society (GLÜG) is a third-party funded research institute of the Faculty of Law at the Ruhr University Bochum in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Wuppertal. The institute is funded for an initial period of five years by the Verband der Deutschen Automatenindustrie e.V. (VDAI) and the Westdeutschen Lotterie GmbH & Co. OHG.
The research focus of the institute is on researching the social and economic significance of gambling in its various forms as well as on developing possibilities for sustainable legal regulation. In an interdisciplinary dialogue, issues of constitutional, administrative, tax and EU law are addressed as well as economic aspects of the development and regulation of gambling markets and the sociological dimensions of gambling and its regulation. The GLÜG has set itself the goal of making interdisciplinary contributions to gambling-related research questions, to provide scientific support for the public and political discourse on successful gambling regulation and to offer a central place for the exchange of gambling practice, politics, administration, jurisdiction and science in Germany.
The research-directors of the GLÜG are Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf), Prof. Dr. Julian Krüper (Ruhr University Bochum), Prof. Dr. Mark Lutter (Bergische Universität Wuppertal) and Prof. Dr. Sebastian Unger (Ruhr University Bochum).
Prof. Dr. Julian Krüper is the institute's managing director.