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EU Regulation of GMOs

Law and Decision Making for a New Technology Maria Lee, Professor of Law, University College London, UK
This book explores the EU’s elaborate regulatory framework for GMOs, which extends far beyond the process of their authorisation (or not) for the EU market, embracing disparate legal disciplines including intellectual property, consumer protection and civil liability. The regulation of GMOs also highlights questions of EU legitimacy in a context of multi-level governance, both internally towards national and local government, and externally in a world where technologies and their regulation have global impacts.
Extent: 296 pp
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Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84542 606 4
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Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84844 811 7
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  • Environment
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  • Environmental Law
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  • Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law
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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are an extraordinary innovation. They raise great expectations of economic prosperity and improved capacity to address pressing problems of poverty and environmental degradation, whilst simultaneously raising great concerns about the type of social and physical world they promise. Finding space in regulation to consider the full range of issues provoked by GMOs is a huge challenge. This book explores the EU’s elaborate regulatory framework for GMOs, which extends far beyond the process of their authorisation (or not) for the EU market, embracing disparate legal disciplines including intellectual property, consumer protection and civil liability. The regulation of GMOs also highlights questions of EU legitimacy in a context of multi-level governance, both internally towards national and local government, and externally in a world where technologies and their regulation have global impacts.

This book will be of interest to academics and students in both law and social sciences, as well as practising lawyers and policy makers. It addresses questions that are significant for those involved in environmental or food issues, as well as specialists in GMOs.
‘Lee’s book is a valuable addition to the literature for those wishing to broaden their understanding of the range of legal disciplines involved in GMO regulation.’
– Tracey Epps, European Review of Agricultural Economics

‘Maria Lee’s work is a successful attempt to illustrate the “big legal issues” behind the regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This study, which is thorough and well documented, is particularly welcomed in view of the need for a dialogue between different legal specialisms for which GMOs are a relevant area of research. . . [The] book provides a very interesting and insightful examination of the legal problems raised by GMOs. I would warmly recommend its reading to academics and practitioners who are interested in European risk regulation law, environmental law, biotechnology and trade law.’
– Sara Poli, European Law Review
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. GMOs in the EU: The Scope of the Debate 3. GMOs and Risk Regulation in the EU 4. Living with GMOs (1): Coexistence, Liability and Labelling 5. Living with GMOs (2): Ownership 6. The Global Context of International Trade 7. Conclusions Bibliography Index