Issue 03/2011

Life and Nuclear Radiation: Chernobyl and Fukushima in Perspective
Wade Allison
An increased use of nuclear power is now accepted as inevitable by many people, but not without some unease, and the accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima as described in the media bring little reassurance. So how dangerous is radiation exposure, for instance to those living within the influence of such accidents?
The Role of Experts in Assessing Damages – A Law and Economics Account
Michael Faure, Louis Visscher
In this contribution we focus on the role of experts in the assessment of tort damages from an economic point of view. We distinguish two different aspects.
China’s Milk Scandals and Its Food Risk Assessment Institutional Framework
Pinghui Xiao
Over the past years, a series of milk crises in China – culminating in the melamine milk scandal in 2008 – have seriously undermined public confidence in food safety. Drawing on international experience to strengthen its regulatory system, China recently introduced elements of risk assessment in its two main Food Safety Laws, namely the Law on the Quality and Safety of Agricultural Products and the Food Safety Law, which represent its basic legislation and institutional framework in terms of food safety. The article explores this new Chinese risk assessment framework in an international context. Specifically, given the similarities between the melamine milk scandal in China and the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) crisis in Europe in the 1990s in terms of both severity and link to respective corresponding reforms, much of the article focuses on a comparison of the food risk assessment institutions of the two jurisdictions in the aftermath of the crises.


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