precautionary principle


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precautionary principle

n
the precept that an action should not be taken if the consequences are uncertain and potentially dangerous
Translations
principe de précaution
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To be sure, the precautionary principle does not require that all worst-case scenarios should be given the same weight, because this would surely lead to paralysis by analysis.
The precautionary principle was founded on the necessity of preventing the negative effects for the environment determined by different human activities and was drawn from the preventing principle but nowadays it is independent.
In a revision of her 2015 PhD dissertation at the University of New South Wales, Jaeckel discusses deep seabed mining and the marine environment, the precautionary principle in international law, the International Seabed Authority and the seabed mining regime, the environmental mandate of the International Seabed Authority, developing the International Seabed Authority's environmental mandate through the mining code, implementing the precautionary principle: protective measures, implementing the precautionary principle: procedural elements, and implementing the precautionary principle: institutional aspects.
No matter how seductive it may seem the precautionary principle, its application as an absolute principle regarding basis of liability may lead to confusion and problems, turning it into a concept too vague to be useful.
The Opinion rejected that argument as well, and encouraged the CJEU to limit reliance on the precautionary principle to cases where there is scientific uncertainty as to the existence or extent of a risk to human health.
This lack of agreement among the expert witnesses was probably the straw that broke the camel's back, leading the court to apply the precautionary principle in environmental law in deciding the case.
Until we can be confident that methane will not be released, we should exercise the precautionary principle.
Isn't it about time that our local council applied the precautionary principle and stopped the use of potential hazards to our people?
b) Whether, to what extent, the Precautionary Principle is relevant in the interpretation of the SPS Agreement.
This Note argues that (1) that the current US chemical regulatory system should be replaced with a regulatory scheme founded on the strong precautionary principle, which places the burden on chemical manufacturers to affirmatively prove the safety of their chemicals; (8) (2) that such a scheme will lower the demand for chemical safety information needed for regulation while incentivizing data production; (9) (3) that this information must be transparent and publicly available for peer-review;10 (4) that there must be an administrative appeals process for challenging chemical safety decisions; and (5) that the entire scheme must acknowledge both the realities of data shortage and the significant demands that these requirements place on the chemical manufacturing industry.
I've often written about the Precautionary Principle, which states that, "When an activity raises threats of harm to the environment or human health, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.
Here we have a policy opposed by persons concerned about effects of a chemical accumulating in human bodies over decades, persons who would apply the precautionary principle to fluoridation in exactly the way progressives have used it to forestall every other technological advance in memory.