Updated: July 21, 2010 (Initial publication: Feb. 16, 2010)

Bibliographic Reports : Books

III-1.1 : Uncertain Risks Regulated

edited by Michelle Everson and Ellen Vos

Comparison of various models of risk regulation in order to understand how those systems shape the relationship between law and science and how they attempt to overcome the public’s distrust of science-based decision making in the EU.


Table of contents :

1. The Scientification of Politics and the Politicisation of Science, Michelle Everson and Ellen Vos Part 1: Regulating Uncertain Risks 2. Opening Pandora's Box: contextualising the Precautionary Principle in the European Union, Elizabeth Fisher Part 2: National Systems on food and Biotechnology Section 1. Case Studies on Food Regulation 3. Uncertainties in Regulating Food Safety in France, Julien Besancon and Olivier Borraz 4. The Origins of Regulatory Uncertainty in the UK Food Safety Regime Henry Rothstein 5. The Dutch Regulatory Framework for Food - Risk Analysis Based Food Law in the Netherlands, Bernd van der Meulen 6. Food Safety in Poland: Standards, Procedures and Institutions, Aleksander Surdej and Karolina Zurek 7. A Default-Logic Model of Factfinding for United States Regulation of Food Safety, Vern Walker Section 2. Case Studies on Biotechnology Regulation 8. The French Regulatory System on GMOs, Christine Noiville 9. The UK Regulatory System on GMOs: Expanding the Debate?, Maria Lee 10. GMO Regulation in the Netherlands: a Story of Hope, Fear and the Limits of ‘Poldering’, Han Somsen 11. The Polish Regulatory System on GMOs: between EU Influence and National Nuances, Patrycja Dabrowska 12. The Regulation of Environmental Risks of GMOs in the United States, Michael Rodemeyer Part 3: EU and International Models 13. The EU Regulatory System on Food Safety: Between Trust and Safety, Ellen Vos 14. The EU Regulatory System for GMOs, Greg Shaffer and Mark Pollack 15. European Regulation of GMOs: Thinking about ‘Judicial Review’ in the WTO, Joanne Scott 16. The Codex Alimentarius Commission and its Food Safety Measures in the Light of their New Status, Mariëlle Matthee Part 4: Improving the Legitimacy and Credibility of Risk Regulation: Science, Procedures, Participation and Deliberation 17. Three Intimate Tales of Law and Science: Hope, Despair and Transcendence, Michelle Everson 18. Science, Knowledge and Uncertainty in EU Risk Regulation, Marjolein van Asselt, Ellen Vos and Bram Rooijackers 19. The Role of Scientific Experts in Risk Regulation of Foods, Harry Kuiper 20. Inclusive Risk Governance through Discourse, Deliberation and Participation, Andreas Klinke 21. Sound Science in the European and Global Market: Karl Polanyi in Geneva, Christian Joerges

                      The book Uncertain Risks Regulated compares various models of risk regulation and represents an important contribution to the ongoing debate about uncertainty, risk and regulation, suggesting various approaches that the EU might use to overcome the specific obstacles in attempting to regulate these issues. The book begins with a critical analysis of the principles currently marking risk regulation and investigates the limits of using the precautionary principle as a regulative legal norm in cases of uncertain or incalculable risk. In Parts II and III, national, EU and international (WTO) models on foodstuffs and biotechnology are examined. The study on the regulatory framework of foodstuffs is concerned with food safety, while the study of biotechnology discusses in particular the framework regulating environmental issues and commercialisation of GMOs. This section points to European and international efforts to integrate scientific expertise within the regulatory process, urging for the constant re-assessment and re-evaluation of regulatory structures. In the last, IV part of the book, a shift is made to point out and examine general problems of legitimacy and credibility in the regulation of uncertain risks. Notions of participation, proceduralisation and procedural requirements, and deliberative initiatives characterise national, European and international processes of risk detection and regulation, albeit differently. In this part authors seek both the theoretical and pragmatic issues to explore solutions for the regulation of uncertain risks.

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