Small things add up: trillions of dollars of products applying nanotechnology have been marketed to consumers promising new medicines, strong packaging to protect goods from contamination, stronger eyelash mascara and long-lasting lipstick, construction materials for housing, cheaper energy, and new drugs to fight cancer.
Nanotechnology applications to consumer products represent a huge slice of daily economic life, heralding a revolutionary age for science and technology. How can the benefits of nanotechnology be realized while protecting public health?
Global Health Impacts of Nanotechnology Law: A Tool for Stakeholder Engagement fills a major void in legal, scientific policy discourse about nanotechnology for people who are curious about nanoscience, bioethics, and law. The pioneering, plain-language text of Dr. Ilise L. Feitshans, international health law scholar and former international civil servant, enables readers to move comfortably across disciplines and explore how nanotechnology can reshape both commerce and public health to improve daily life worldwide.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Big Questions about Defining Little Nanoparticles
Chapter 2. Lessons Learned from the Legend of Asbestos
Chapter 3. Global Health Impacts: Nanotechnology Fighting Cancer and Disability
Chapter 4. Integrating Nanotechnology into International Law Protecting Health
Chapter 5. Nanotechnology’s Opportunity to Revolutionize Health for All
Chapter 6. Stakeholders One and All
Chapter 7. Risk Governance for Regulatory Management of Nanotechnology
Chapter 8. Bioethical Impacts of Nanotechnology: Transforming Disability into Health
Chapter 9. Forethought Beats Afterthought
Chapter 10. There Oughtta Be a Law
Ilise L. Feitshans, international lawyer and former international civil servant at the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, obtained her master of science in public health from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, and doctorate in international relations from Geneva School of Diplomacy, Switzerland, in 2014. She is Fellow in Law of Nanotechnology at the European Scientific Institute, Archamps, France (affiliated with CERN and the University of Grenoble), and executive director of the Work Health and Survival Project. She is also a member of the US Supreme Court bar and was acting director of the Legislative Drafting Research Fund, Columbia University School of Law, New York, USA. Her pro bono activities include serving as legal advisor to the Greek National Platform on Nanomedicine, University of Aristotle, Thessaloniki, Greece, since 2015.
Dr. Feitshans served as coordinatrice for the ILO Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety in Geneva, Switzerland. A graduate cum laude of Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, USA, she was also visiting scientist at the Institute for Work and Health, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2011–2014). She was honored among "100 Women Making a Difference in Safety, Health and Environment Professions" by the American Society of Safety Engineers in 2011 and received the Ms-JD.org Superwomen award in 2016. Her doctorate in international relations also won the best research prize in social medicine and prevention at the University of Lausanne in 2014.