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A Framework Convention for Nanotechnology?


Kenneth W. Abbott


Arizona State University

Gary E. Marchant, JD, PhD


Arizona State University - College of Law

Douglas J. Sylvester


Arizona State University - College of Law


Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 36, 2006

Abstract:     
With nanotechnology now a major funding priority for governments and industry around the world, devising the manner and timing of regulation presents a challenge. Too much regulation too soon could hinder development of beneficial technologies, while too little regulation too late may allow dangerous technologies to enter the market.

Kenneth Abbott, Gary Marchant, and Douglas Sylvester argue that any solution to this regulatory dilemma must have four basic characteristics: the solution must be flexible, innovative, international, and official. In this Article, they advocate a framework convention on nanotechnology as a regulatory tool meeting these four requirements.

The authors use a series of case studies to reveal framework convention best practices, and conclude with a summary of how a nanotechnology framework convention might be structured.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: nanotechnology, regulation, international law, technology, international relations, soft law, framework, convention, environmental, trade, Gatt, WTO, tobacco convention

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Date posted: December 14, 2006 ; Last revised: June 13, 2014

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Abbott, Kenneth W. and Marchant, JD, PhD, Gary E. and Sylvester, Douglas J., A Framework Convention for Nanotechnology?. Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 36, 2006. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=946777

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Kenneth Wayne Abbott
Arizona State University ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
480-965-5917 (Phone)
Gary E. Marchant, JD, PhD
Arizona State University - College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
(480) 965-3246 (Phone)
(480) 965-2427 (Fax)
Douglas J. Sylvester (Contact Author)
Arizona State University - College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
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