Uncertain Risks Regulated

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Ellen Vos, Michelle Everson
Taylor & Francis, Dec 12, 2008 - Law - 456 pages
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Uncertain Risks Regulated compares various models of risk regulation in order to understand how these systems shape the relationship between law and science, and how they attempt to overcome public distrust in science-based decision-making. The book contributes to the ongoing debate relating to uncertainty and risks  - and the difficulties faced by the European Union in particular - in regulating theses issues, taking account of both national and international constraints.  

The term 'uncertain risk' is comparable with notions of hazard and indeterminate risk, as deployed within the social sciences; but it also  aims to capture the modern regulatory reality that a non-quantifiable hazard must still be addressed by society, law and its regulators. Decisions must be taken in the face of uncertainty. And, whilst it is not possible to provide clear cut models of risk regulation, in focusing on regulatory practices at a national, EU and international level, the  contributors to this volume aim  to use fact finding as a core instrument of learning for risk regulation. 

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About the author (2008)

Michelle Everson is Professor of European Union Law at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has researched widely in the field of European Law and has particular interests in the areas of European regulatory law, European administrative and constitutional law and European citizenship.

Ellen Vos is Professor of European Union Law at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University. She has published extensively in the field of EU Law, institutional law (comitology and agencies), market integration and risk regulation (precautionary principle; food safety).

 

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