1st Edition

Uncertain Risks Regulated

Edited By Ellen Vos, Michelle Everson Copyright 2009
    450 Pages
    by Routledge-Cavendish

    456 Pages
    by Routledge-Cavendish

    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. 

    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


    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).


    "This volume provides an excellent, important, erudite and timely addition to the Law, Science and Society series edited by J. Paterson, University of Aberdeen and J. Webb, University of Warwick. Both the volume editors and many of the contributors are leading scholars in the area of regulating uncertain risks. As can be expected, they provide insightful and original additions to the literature [...] the volume is replete with rich insights and so deserves further readings, even for those relatively familiar with risk regulation. This collection and its individual chapters will no doubt be used by those seeking to get to grips with the problem of regulating uncertain risks, and the importance of citizen participation, for many years to come." - Mark Flear, Belfast, Common Market Law Review, Vol 47 Issue 2, 2010