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Environmental protection and the precautionary principle: a response to scientific uncertainty in environmental management
Faculty of Law - Papers (Archive)
  • Warwick Gullett, University of Wollongong
RIS ID
19404
Publication Date
1-1-1997
Publication Details

Gullett, W, Environmental protection and the precautionary principle: a response to scientific uncertainty in environmental management, Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 14(1), 1997, 52-69.

Abstract
The principle of precautionary action has been presented by some of its advocates as nothing less than a monumental paradigm shift in environmental management. It is essentially a new legal response to the scientific uncertainties surrounding the capacity ofthe environment to cope with the increasing demands placed upon it. This article outlines why our knowledge of environmental processes is inadequate and addresses the rationale and content of the "precautionary principle", tracing its development from an uncontroversial espousal of commonsense to its emergence as a potentially forceful decision-making norm. It will be argued tliat although the principle has definitional and implementational shortcomings, it has the capacity to inform environmental practices systematically as the basis of a regulatory regime — not merely at the policy level.
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Warwick Gullett. "Environmental protection and the precautionary principle: a response to scientific uncertainty in environmental management" (1997) p. 52 - 69
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/wgullett/28/