The Perils of the Precautionary Principle: Lessons from the American and European Experience
Recorded on October 20, 2003
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.
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