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Regulatory responses to scientific uncertainty and nanotechnology

Porter, Read, Falkner, Robert, Pendergrass, John and Jaspers, Nico (2011) Regulatory responses to scientific uncertainty and nanotechnology. In: Dana, David, (ed.) The Nanotechnology Challenge: Creating Legal Institutions for Uncertain Risks. Cambridge University Press, New York, USA, pp. 379-417. ISBN 9780521767385

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Nanotechnology is the wave of the future, and has already been incorporated into everything from toothpaste to socks to military equipment. The safety of nanotechnology for human health and the environment is a great unknown, however, and no legal system in the world has yet devised a way to reasonably address the uncertain risks of nanotechnology. To do so will require creating new legal institutions. This volume of essays by leading law scholars and social and physical scientists offers a range of views as to how such institutions should be formed. Readers will benefit from an accessible synthesis of the available science regarding the health risks posed by nanotechnology, thoughtful analyses of the potential unreliability of public perceptions of such risks, and a range of provocative proposals for creative "Third Way" approaches to regulating nanotechnology. This book is essential reading for anyone who may wonder how we can continue to innovate technologically in a way that both delivers the benefits and sustains human health and the environment

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Additional Information: © 2011 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International Relations
Grantham Research Institute
Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Research centres and groups > Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 17:14
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2021 23:31

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