THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE IN THE COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE
Abstract:Scientific Uncertainty is an unavoidable feature of modern environmental and public health regulation. Risk, particularly long-term risk, can rarely be proven with absolute certainty, but cannot be ignored without potentially serious consequences. The precautionary principle has emerged as a central tool for the management of pervasive uncertainty in environmental and public health policy. Its precise role and meaning, however, remain uncertain and controversial. The Rio Declaration definition of precautionary principle is perhaps the most commonly cited: Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2003
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