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The Precautionary Principle Interpreted by the EU Courts

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The Nexus Research Centre within the Faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra will be hosting a three part seminar and workshop series with Professor Nicolas de Sadeleer, EU Professor of Environmental Law at the University Saint Louis, Brussels.

The Precautionary Principle interpreted by the EU courts: reviewing uncertain decision-making

Praised by some, disparaged by others, the precautionary principle (PP) is no stranger to controversy. However, thanks to enshrinement of the principle in the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU) and in major legislation, the PP has established itself within the space of a decade as a new general principle of EU law. The case law of the Court of Justice of the EU has not only managed to extend the scope of application of the precautionary principle to all policies involving scientific uncertainty (GMOs, pests, chemicals, pesticides, nature conservation, fisheries, etc), but has also introduced extremely useful clarifications on the application of the PP, for example to the relationship between risk assessment and risk management and to the duties placed upon the administration. Professor de Sadeleer will overview recent landmark judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU in which the PP has been applied and their policy implications.

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A workshop and discussion forum on the same topic will be held by Professor de Sadeleer the following day:

Tuesday, 24th October at 3.30pm in Seminar Room 44, Level B, Building 11, University of Canberra – afternoon tea will be served. Please register with Hannah.Mills@canberra.edu.au

About Professor de Sadeleer:

Professor de Sadeleer is the author of prominent international works in English such as Environmental Principles: from Political Slogans to Legal Rules and Implementing Precaution Approaches from Nordic Countries, the EU and the US and very many more in French. Professor de Sadeleer has been involved in major political developments in the EU ranging from climate change issues to risk assessment and many other environmental topics. Professor de Sadeleer is visiting the University of Canberraas a participant in the University’s International Distinguished Visiting Professor program.

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