New Tech, Risk and Environmental Law (LAWS6864)


The objective of this unit of study is to assess the regulation of new technologies from a risk regulation and Environmental Law perspective. Key questions that are elaborated include: What is regulation, who are the regulators and who are the regulatees?; what is the ideal-type of regulatory environment?; how do regulators engage with risk?: the precautionary principle; how are ideas of the possibility of impending catastrophe likely to affect the balance between legitimacy and effectiveness? Ethical and human rights principles are also discussed. The technologies analysed include GMOs, chemicals and geoengineering. A comparative analysis of how these technologies are regulated in the European Union, the United States and Australia is included.

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Sep 10-13 (9-5)


class participation (20%), 7000wd essay (80%)

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