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Regulating Emerging Technologies

Gregory N. Mandel

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

March 9, 2009

Law, Innovation & Technology, Vol. 1, p. 75, 2009
Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-18

A range of emerging technologies, including biotechnology, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology, are expected to transform society. Handling the development and regulation of these promising technologies is a daunting task as the risks presented will not be understood until the technologies are further developed. This paper proposes a new governance model that seeks manage the dynamic of emerging technology promise versus risk by moving the point of first governance earlier in a technology's development, but enabling the governance structure to evolve after formation. The model aims to turn some of the greatest challenges of managing emerging technologies - scientific uncertainty and the disruption of extant regulatory systems - on their head to create incentives for widespread stakeholder cooperation to produce more proactive, flexible governance.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 14

Keywords: technology, emerging, biotechnology, nanotechnology, synthetic biology, governance, regulation

JEL Classification: O33, O38

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Date posted: March 10, 2009 ; Last revised: March 28, 2013

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Mandel, Gregory N., Regulating Emerging Technologies (March 9, 2009). Law, Innovation & Technology, Vol. 1, p. 75, 2009; Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-18. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1355674

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Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law ( email )
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