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Legal Aspects of the Precautionary Principle

Published by The British Academy

This briefing examines the legal aspects of the precautionary principle and helps inform the debate as the UK Government prepares to incorporate the precautionary principle into UK law.

The precautionary principle is an environmental principle enshrined in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Where there is scientific uncertainty about risks to human health or the environment, the precautionary principle allows decision-makers to adopt protective measures without having to wait until the reality of those risks become fully apparent.

'Legal Aspects of the Precautionary Principle' is written by Professor Joanne Scott FBA FRSE, Professor of European Law at the University Institute in Florence and at University College London.

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