New PDF release: Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle

By Cass R. Sunstein

This booklet is ready the advanced courting among worry, chance, and the legislations. Cass Sunstein argues that the precautionary precept is incoherent and very likely paralyzing, as hazards exist on either side of social events and there's no 'general' precautionary precept as such. His perception into The legislation of worry represents an important assertion for the modern international from probably the most influential political and felony theorists writing this present day.

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Harvard University Press, 1995). 15 Id. at 5. Goklany, supra note 13, at 4. Treaty on European Union, Art. 174 (ex Art. 130r) (1997). : Haas Business School, 2002). html. 18 Problems Union policy on the environment shall aim at a high level of protection taking into account the diversity of situations in the various regions of the Union. 19 weak and strong What exactly does the Precautionary Principle mean or require? 20 We can imagine a continuum of understandings. At one extreme are weak versions to which no reasonable person could object.

They treated the principle as far more coherent than it actually is. If airplanes, antibiotics, and refrigeration reduce risks – as they clearly do – then isn’t it clear the principle forbids, and does not mandate, regulatory prohibitions? To understand the problem, it will be useful to anchor the discussion in some concrete problems: 1. 60 The risks of that practice are not known with any precision. Some people fear that genetic modification will result in serious ecological harm and large risks to human health; others believe that genetic modification will result in more nutritious food and significant improvements in human health.

I do not contend that precautions are a mistake, or even that it is impossible to reconstruct the Precautionary Principle on sensible foundations. For now, my only claim is that the principle is a crude and sometimes perverse way of promoting desirable goals – and that if it is taken for all that it is worth, it is paralyzing, and therefore not helpful at all. 82 See Wiener and Rogers, supra note 31. 83 See Sand, supra note 2, at 448. chap t e r 2 Behind the Precautionary Principle In practice, the Precautionary Principle is widely thought to provide concrete guidance.

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