Locked-In Scientific Evidence: The WTO EC-Biotech Dispute

21 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2010  

Elisa Vecchione

Sciences Po - Chaire de Développement Durable

Date Written: October 1, 2009

Abstract

The parsing of the WTO EC-Biotech is intended to raise substantive issues on the interface between science and law to the extent that the former is brought as legal evidence before courts. The paper contends that the Panel maintains a form of substantial and procedural transitivity between the ability to perform risk assessment and the sufficiency of scientific evidence to legitimate measures of protection, by that preventing States from legitimately undertaking precautionary measures in the absence of scientific evidence. This said, the paper will propose a new way to intend and demonstrate scientific uncertainty in WTO trade disputes

Keywords: Scientific Evidence, Scientific Uncertainty, Burden of Proof, EC-Biotech

Suggested Citation

Vecchione, Elisa, Locked-In Scientific Evidence: The WTO EC-Biotech Dispute (October 1, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1628132 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1628132

Elisa Vecchione (Contact Author)

Sciences Po - Chaire de Développement Durable ( email )

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Paris, 75007
France

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