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dc.contributor.authorGavaghan, Colin
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Jennifer
dc.date.available2016-01-11T00:36:03Z
dc.date.copyright2011
dc.identifier.citationColin Gavaghan and Jennifer Moore "De minimis curat lex : New Zealand law and the challenge of the very small" (2011) 2(3) EJLT 1.en_NZ
dc.identifier.issn2042-115X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/6152
dc.description.abstractIn 2010, the New Zealand Government commissioned a review on the ability of New Zealand's regulatory systems to manage the potential health, safety and environmental risks posed by manufactured nanomaterials. Whilst some of the gaps identified by this review are specific to New Zealand's regulatory arrangements, other potential gaps are common to regulators in different jurisdictions. Scientific uncertainties about hazard, human exposure, nano-toxicity and risk persist. Regulators charged with protecting public health face challenges due to these scientific gaps. Deciding what burden and standard of proof is most appropriate in the face of uncertain scientific evidence is a common challenge. In light of this particular shared regulatory challenge, this article examines New Zealand's regulatory framework for hazardous substances. It will consider a range of potential regulatory challenges and 'gaps'. Specifically, it will explore the uncertainty surrounding standard of proof, for example, in the designation of 'hazardous' in New Zealand's Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996. It will also explore the question of how 'precautionary' approach should be adopted in relation to hazardous substances containing nanoparticles, using carbon nanotubes as a topical and paradigmatic case study. Regulatory enforcement and compliance issues are also examined. Like other jurisdictions, New Zealand is no stranger to the difficulties posed by regulatory notification requirements which are not adhered to and for which there are no mechanisms in place for monitoring compliance.en_NZ
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherOpen Journal Systems 2.4.2.0en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofEuropean Journal of Law and Technologyen_NZ
dc.subjectnanotechnologyen_NZ
dc.subjectnanomaterialen_NZ
dc.subjectregulation of nanotechnologyen_NZ
dc.subjectregulationen_NZ
dc.subjectrisken_NZ
dc.subjecthazardous substancesen_NZ
dc.titleDe minimis curat lex : New Zealand law and the challenge of the very smallen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.date.updated2016-01-10T18:21:51Z
otago.schoolFaculty of Lawen_NZ
otago.relation.issue3en_NZ
otago.relation.volume2en_NZ
otago.bitstream.endpage11en_NZ
otago.bitstream.startpage1en_NZ
otago.openaccessOpenen_NZ
dc.rights.statementThis journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. This journal uses Open Journal Systems 2.4.2.0, which is open source journal management and publishing software developed, supported, and freely distributed by the Public Knowledge Project under the GNU General Public License.en_NZ
dc.description.refereedPeer Revieweden_NZ
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