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New Global Frontiers in Regulation
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New Global Frontiers in Regulation

The Age of Nanotechnology

9781848447004 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Graeme A. Hodge, Adjunct Professor, Monash University, Australia, Diana M. Bowman, Arizona State University, US and Karinne Ludlow, Monash Centre for Regulatory Studies, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia
Publication Date: 2009 ISBN: 978 1 84844 700 4 Extent: 448 pp
This important volume is a timely contribution to increasing international calls to regulate nanotechnologies. By investigating the ways in which we could regulate these advances, and what we are learning from regulating existing technologies, such as biotechnologies and information technologies, the book debates the roles of government, business actors and the professions in protecting and enhancing the lives of citizens. In placing particular emphasis on the lessons of earlier technology advances, this book is unique in its broad consideration of the ethical, legal and social issues entwined within the development of the nanotechnology family.

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Our growing ability to manufacture materials at the atomic scale will change our lives for the better, and tomorrow’s nano-economy will outperform today’s information age. Or so its proponents claim. Others maintain that a future dominated by commercial incentives risks a toxicological nightmare to rival the sorry global story of asbestos.

This important volume is a timely contribution to increasing international calls to regulate nanotechnologies. By investigating the ways in which we could regulate these advances, and what we are learning from regulating existing technologies, such as biotechnologies and information technologies, the book debates the roles of government, business actors and the professions in protecting and enhancing the lives of citizens. In placing particular emphasis on the lessons of earlier technology advances, this book is unique in its broad consideration of the ethical, legal and social issues entwined within the development of the nanotechnology family.

The multi-jurisdictional and interdisciplinary nature of the book will appeal to governments, academics, and civil societies across many parts of the world, while also remaining accessible to informed readers with an interest in nanotechnology and the policy and governance issues associated with technology development and regulation.
Critical Acclaim
‘New Global Frontiers in Regulation is a welcome contribution to the regulatory commentary that seeks to strike a balance between the promises and risks of nanotechnology.’
– Janna Rosales, Science and Public Policy

‘This is an insightful collection by leading thinkers in both regulation and nanotechnology. It confronts new technological challenges with fresh regulatory insight.’
– John Braithwaite, Australian National University
Contributors
Contributors: K.W. Abbott, D. Bowman, Q. Chaudhry, H. Comaneshter, C. George, G. Gilligan, A. Harford, G. Hodge, D. Levi-Faur, C. Liedtke, K. Ludlow, G. Marchant, J. Miles, E. Mordini, M. Oud, B. Priestly, R. Sparrow, D. Sylvester, V. Türk, G. van Calster, R. Visser, R. Watkins, J. Weckert
Contents
Contents:

PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Introduction: Big Questions for Small Technologies
Graeme Hodge, Diana Bowman and Karinne Ludlow

PART II: SETTING THE SCENE
2. Nanotechnology, Society and Collective Imaginary: Setting the Research Agenda
Emilio Mordini

3. An Approach to Nanoethics
John Weckert

4. Invisible but Tangible? Societal Aspects and their Consideration in the Advancement of a New Technology
Volker Türk and Christa Liedtke

5. Negotiating the Nanodivides
Rob Sparrow

PART III: DEMOCRACY, POLITICAL ECONOMY AND THE LAW
6. Evaluating What Will Work in Nanotechnology Regulation: In Pursuit of the Public Interest
Graeme Hodge

7. The Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) of Nanomaterials
Brian Priestly and Andrew Harford

8. The Risks of Regulation and the Regulation of Risks: The Governance of Nanotechnology
David Levi-Faur and Hanna Comaneshter

9. More than Science: Ethical and Socio-legal Concerns in Nanotechnology Regulation in Australia
Karinne Ludlow

PART IV: REGULATING NANOTECHNOLOGY: NATIONAL AND SUPRANATIONAL PERSPECTIVES
10. Nanotechnology Regulation: The United States Approach
Gary Marchant, Douglas Sylvester and Kenneth W. Abbott

11. Nanotechnology Regulation: Developments in the United Kingdom
Qasim Chaudhry, Carolyn George and Richard Watkins

12. Nanotechnology Products in Australia: Chemicals, Cosmetics and Regulatory Character
Diana Bowman and Graeme Hodge

13. A European Perspective
Mireille Oud

PART V: REGULATING NANOTECHNOLOGY: THE INTERNATIONAL TERRAIN
14. The Role of the World Trade Organization in Nanotechnology Regulation
Geert van Calster

15. A Sustainable Development for Nanotechnologies: An OECD Perspective
Rob Visser

16. Metrology and Standards for Nanotechnology
John Miles

17. How Will the Regulation of Nanotechnology Develop? Clues from Other Sectors
Diana Bowman and George Gilligan

PART VI: CONCLUSIONS
18. Conclusions: Big Regulatory Questions – Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue?
Karinne Ludlow, Diana Bowman and Graeme Hodge

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