A Scoping Study on a Principle of ‘Essential Use’ in International and European Law
19 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2020 Last revised: 5 Jun 2020
Date Written: May 8, 2020
Could calls for the stricter regulation of one particular type of chemical herald the introduction of a new (or not) ‘principle’ in international and EU regulatory law, namely that of ‘essential use’ as a precondition for market authorisation?
This paper focuses on chemicals legislation and firstly, maps the concept of ‘essential use’ in international and EU law; further, discusses its limited application in the case-law of the European Court of Justice; and, before it concludes, carries out a preliminary investigation as to (if it does not currently exist in EU law), whether it might be so included de lege ferenda.
Keywords: essential uses; regulation; chemicals; environment; law
JEL Classification: K32, K33
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