The Precautionary Principle as a Device for Greater Environmental Protection: Lessons from EC Courts

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Abstract:

Given that the precautionary principle has never been defined in the EC Treaty, the EC jurisdictions have been playing a key role in determining the status as well as the scope of that principle. Although scholars have hitherto been paying heed to the case law on food safety, the literature has become a little thinner when one considers environmental case law. This article attempts to set the scene to explain how the precautionary principle can be invoked in different judiciary procedures at the EU level.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9388.2009.00616.x

Affiliations: EU Internal Market and the Environment

Publication date: April 1, 2009

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