Liability for the Escape of GM Seeds: Pursuing the 'Victim'?

21 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2002

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Maria Lee

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Robert Burrell

University of Melbourne - Law School

Abstract

The widespread commercial cultivation of GM crops in the EU and the UK is getting closer. Intense concerns about the uncertain health and environmental effects of GM farming have been the subject of high profile debate. The effects of GM farming on existing forms of agriculture, raised by the prospect of cross-pollination by GM seed, provoke similarly polarised views. However, whilst regulatory developments have been strongly influenced by environmental and health concerns, the socio-economic impact of GM agriculture is relatively neglected in current regulatory approaches. The authors examine various possible legal responses to unwanted cross-pollination by GM seed, and contend that the law is likely to struggle to cope with the conflicts that may arise.

Suggested Citation

Lee, Maria and Burrell, Robert, Liability for the Escape of GM Seeds: Pursuing the 'Victim'?. Modern Law Review, Vol. 65, pp. 517-537, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=317845

Maria Lee (Contact Author)

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

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London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Robert Burrell

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

University Square
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

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