Implementing the Precautionary Principle
Approaches from the Nordic Countries, EU and USA
Edited by Nicolas de Sadeleer
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Implementing the Precautionary Principle by Nicolas de Sadeleer
Book DescriptionFrom fisheries to persistent organic pollutants to climate change itself, no other environmental principle in environmental law has produced as much controversy as the precautionary principle. Unlike a preventive approach in which action is taken provided that the threats to the environment are tangible, with a precautionary approach, authorities are prepared to tackle risks for which there is no definitive proof that the damage will materialize. The ramifications of this increasingly apparent approach are profound and cut across all areas of risk assessment and management, environmental law, policy and regulation in every major sector. However, to date little thought has been dedicated to the implementation of the precautionary principle in a wide array of environmental circumstances. This authoritative handbook addresses the legal aspects of how the precautionary principle is implemented in different sectors, and examines its successes, failures, strengths and weaknesses. Sectors and subjects covered include chemicals, GMOs, marine pollution, fisheries and nature conservation, and the book draws on cases in the EU, in the USA, and Nordic countries, where the use of precaution has been gathering momentum. Ultimately, the book provides an indispensable appraisal of the question - increasingly important in the era of human-induced climate change - of whether the precautionary principle is relevant, indeed essential, to avert major environmental and health risks, and how and when it can be used successfully. Published with MARIE CURIE ACTIONS
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844073122
(234mm x 156mm x 37mm)
Imprint: Earthscan Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nicolas de Sadeleer
EU Environmental Law and the Internal Market, Hardback (January 2014)
A robust, exhaustive, and systematic legal analysis of the conflicts opposing integration of internal market and free competition rules with the environmental protection rules, including climate change rules, taken at an EU and national level.
Environmental Principles, Paperback (January 2005)» View all books by Nicolas de Sadeleer
This book traces the evolution of environmental principles from their origins as vague political slogans to their embodiment in enforceable laws. It examines: the polluter pays principles, the preventive principle, and the precautionary principle; and their legal effect at the national, regional, and international levels.
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Author Biography - Nicolas de Sadeleer
Nicolas de Sadeleer was recipient of an EU Marie Curie Chair at the University of Oslo on risks and precaution. He is currently professor of law at different universities in Belgium as well as in France. De Sadeleer's areas of research and teaching include EC and environmental law, topics on which he publishes and speaks intensively.
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