Mad Cows and Japanese Consumers

Australian Product Liability Reporter, Vol. 14, No. 9, pp. 125-136, 2003

12 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2005

See all articles by Luke R. Nottage

Luke R. Nottage

The University of Sydney Law School; The University of Sydney - Australian Network for Japanese Law

Abstract

This article compares the outbreak of mad cow disease (BSE) in Japan in 2001, and the regulatory response. It argues that such problems of growing scientific uncertainty amidst heightened safety expectations is best addressed by bilateral or regional solutions. By contrast, regulation primarily at the national level tends to lead to regulatory capture, while regulation at truly transnational levels (such as the WTO) encounters more problems in both enforcement and legitimacy.

Keywords: Product liability, regulated industries, enforcement of law

JEL Classification: K13, K23, K42

Suggested Citation

Nottage, Luke R., Mad Cows and Japanese Consumers. Australian Product Liability Reporter, Vol. 14, No. 9, pp. 125-136, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=837064

Luke R. Nottage (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

The University of Sydney - Australian Network for Japanese Law

Room 640, Building F10, Eastern Avenue
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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