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What Does the History of Technology Regulation Teach Us About Nano Oversight?


Gary E. Marchant, JD, PhD


Arizona State University - College of Law

Kenneth W. Abbott


Arizona State University

Douglas J. Sylvester


Arizona State University - College of Law

August 4, 2009

Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, 2009

Abstract:     
As policymakers struggle to develop regulatory oversight models for nanotechnologies, there are important lessons that can be drawn from previous attempts to govern other emerging technologies. Five such lessons are: (1) public confidence and trust in a technology and its regulatory oversight is probably the most important factor for the commercial success of a technology; (2) regulation should avoid discriminating against particular technologies unless there is a scientifically-based rationale for the disparate treatment; (3) regulatory systems need to be flexible and adaptive to rapidly changing technologies; (4) ethical and social concerns of the public about emerging technologies need to be expressly acknowledged and addressed in regulatory oversight; and (5) international harmonization of regulation may be beneficial in a rapidly globalizing world.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: nanotechnology, regulation, international law, technology, international relations, soft law, biotechnology, genetics

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Date posted: September 10, 2009  

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Marchant, JD, PhD, Gary E. and Abbott, Kenneth W. and Sylvester, Douglas J., What Does the History of Technology Regulation Teach Us About Nano Oversight? (August 4, 2009). Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1470446

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Kenneth Wayne Abbott
Arizona State University ( email )
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Douglas J. Sylvester (Contact Author)
Arizona State University - College of Law ( email )
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