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Regulating Health and Environmental Risks under WTO LawA Critical Analysis of the SPS Agreement$
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Lukasz Gruszczynski

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199578924

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578924.001.0001

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Risk and Risk Regulation

Risk and Risk Regulation

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(p.7) 1 Risk and Risk Regulation
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Regulating Health and Environmental Risks under WTO Law
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Lukasz Gruszczynski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578924.003.0002

This chapter offers a general discussion on risk and methods of its regulation. After a brief review of different definitions of risk, including technical and psychological perspectives, it briefly addresses historical changes in its conceptualization. The second part of the chapter concentrates on the issue of risk regulation. Again, a short historical account is combined with a more extensive discussion on contemporary regulatory methods for dealing with risk. The chapter identifies a model of risk analysis, which is composed of risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication, as a dominant regulatory approach. In this context, it also discusses the issue of uncertainty in a probabilistic risk assessment and strategies that are conventionally used to address it.

Keywords:   risk, risk regulation, risk analysis, risk assessment, risk management, risk communication, risk society, uncertainty

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