No. 28: Between Innovation and Precaution: Which Treatment for New Plant Breeding Technologies? The European Perspective

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Author(s):
  • Constance du Bus de Warnaffe
Publish Date:
March 16, 2018
Publication Title:
European Union Law Working Papers
Publisher:
Stanford Law School
Format:
Working Paper
Citation(s):
  • Constance du Bus de Warnaffe, Between Innovation and Precaution: Which Treatment for New Plant Breeding Technologies? The European Perspective, EU Law Working Papers No. 28, Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum (2018).
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Abstract

This paper delineates, from a legal perspective, the main contours of the debate on New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) that is currently occurring on the European level. It describes and analyses the legal tools held by European regulators and the European judges who will define the legal status of these plant technologies. NPBTs’ practical uses will depend on their legal status in European Union law. The question is whether the organisms produced by these NPBTs are genetically modified in the sense of Directive 2001/18/EC or not, and if those techniques must be regulated as such, or should be exempted from evaluation.