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Oct 20

The Perils of the Precautionary Principle: Lessons from the American and European Experience

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

A New Monthly Regulatory Forum

The European Union is promoting the so-called "precautionary principle" in both European and international regulatory forums. This principle reflects an objection to the implementation of new technologies or activities until it can be clearly established that they will not have adverse or unanticipated effects. Dr. Graham will examine why precaution is a sensible concept; how it is built into the U.S. regulatory system; why it needs to be applied wisely on a case-by-case basis; and why the U.S. government does not recognize any universal precautionary principle.

Dr. Graham earned his B.A. from Wake Forest University, his M.A. from Duke University, and his Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University. In addition to founding and leading the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis from 1990-2001, he has written 7 books and more than 100 scientific articles. While currently serving the Bush Administration, he is on leave from the Harvard School of Public Health where he teaches graduate students methods of risk analysis and cost-benefit analysis.

Mark Your Calendar:
Timothy J. Muris, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, will speak at our next Regulatory Forum on November 13 at 2:00 p.m.

More About the Speakers

The Honorable John D. Graham Ph.D. Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs U.S. Office of Management and Budget