Tort and Insurance Law, vol. 27

Bernhard A. Koch (ed.)
Damage Caused by Genetically Modified Organisms

Tort and Insurance Law, vol. 27

De Gruyter 2010
954 p.

Language: English

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The debate about the use of genetically modified organisms in European agriculture is fuelled by the fear of the general public about potential risks of GM farming, whether substantiated or not. Transgenic food is suspected to cause bodily harm, have a negative impact upon the health of animals, weaken the productivity of conventional farmland, reduce biodiversity or otherwise deteriorate the environment, to name but a few dangers popping up in the public debate.
Apart from setting standards for GM farming and requiring safety checks for transgenic products, all jurisdictions also provide for the case that such risks should materialize. These are not necessarily novel approaches - classic tort law already offers remedies for such losses. Sometimes these traditional solutions are enhanced or replaced by alternative redress schemes. This volume compares twenty European and four non-European jurisdictions in this respect and provides special analyses from an economic and insurance perspective as well as surveys of cross-border dispute resolution and international law.
Contents and Contributors
European Reports
M. Weissenbacher: Austria
J. Hrádek: Czech Republic
V. Ulfbeck: Denmark
K. Oliphant: England
I. Kull: Estonia
B. Sandvik: Finland
S. Taylor: France
J. Fedtke: Germany
E. Dacoronia: Greece
A. Menyhárd: Hungary
A. Monti/F. Fusco: Italy
M. Geiger: Liechtenstein
P. Goergen: Luxembourg
E. Buttigieg: Malta
I. Greveling/W. H. van Boom: Netherlands
B. Askeland: Norway
E. Baginska: Poland
R. Lampe: Slovenia
M. Martín-Casals/A. Ruda: Spain
D. Langlet/P. Mielnicki: Sweden

Non-European Reports
M. Lunney: Australia
C. Bueno Wandscheer/A. P. Myszczuk/R. Rocha dos Santos: Brazil
J. Matthews Glenn: Canada
A. B. Endres: USA

Special Reports
V. Wilcox: Damages Caused by GMOs under International Environmental Law
T. Kadner Graziano/M. Erhardt: Cross-Border Damage Caused by Genetically Modified Organisms: Jurisdiction and Applicable Law
T. K. Epprecht: Did Biotechnology Regulation Come to a Conclusion? An Insurers' Perspective
M. Faure/A. Wibisana: Liability to Third Parties for Damage Caused by GMOs: An Economic Perspective
B.A. Koch: Damage Caused by GMOs: Comparatve Analysis