On Small Particles and Old Articles - An Exploration of Legal and Regulatory Issues of Nanotechnologies

TILT Law & Technology Working Paper No. 009/2008

18 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2008 Last revised: 15 Feb 2013

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Bert-Jaap Koops

Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

Ronald E. Leenes

Tilburg Law School; Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society; Tilburg University

Rachel Marbus

Tilburg University

Kees Stuurman

TILT - Tilburg Law School

Jonathan Verschuuren

Tilburg Law School

Date Written: November 13, 2008

Abstract

A English version of the Dutch article: Koops, E.J., Leenes, R.E., Marbus, R.C.P., Stuurman, C., & Verschuuren, J.M. (2005). Een heel klein artikel met grote gevolgen. Eerste verkenning van nanotechnologie & recht. Nederlands Juristenblad, 80(30), 1554-1559.

The small will rule the world. The multi billion industry of ultra small - nanoparticles less than one millionth of the size of a common flea - promises radical changes and improvements in many areas of society. Should this concern lawyers? According to us: yes, it should. The properties and applications of nanotechnologies call for a reflection and (new) regulatory measures. If we do not want nanoparticles to spin off with our world, then now is the time to start developing policies on nanotechnologies.

Keywords: nano, society, law, applications of nanontechnologies, nanoparticles

JEL Classification: K29, K49

Suggested Citation

Koops, Bert-Jaap and Leenes, Ronald E. and Leenes, Ronald E. and Marbus, Rachel and Stuurman, Kees and Verschuuren, Jonathan, On Small Particles and Old Articles - An Exploration of Legal and Regulatory Issues of Nanotechnologies (November 13, 2008). TILT Law & Technology Working Paper No. 009/2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1300925 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1300925

Bert-Jaap Koops

Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) ( email )

P.O.Box 90153
Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221
Tilburg, 5037
Netherlands

Ronald E. Leenes (Contact Author)

Tilburg Law School ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society

NL-5000 LE Tilburg
Netherlands

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, DC Noord-Brabant 5000 LE
Netherlands

Rachel Marbus

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, DC Noord-Brabant 5000 LE
Netherlands

Kees Stuurman

TILT - Tilburg Law School ( email )

P.O.Box 90153
Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221
Tilburg, 5037
Netherlands

Jonathan Verschuuren

Tilburg Law School ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

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