Adjudicating the GM Food Wars: Science, Risk, and Democracy in World Trade Law


Brian Wynne, David Winickoff, Lawrence Busch, Robin Grove-White, Sheila Jasanoff


democracy, risk-based decision making, science policy decision making, theory, trade law, World Trade Organization


The Yale Journal of International Law

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Policy Summary

This paper presents an approach to reviewing science policy decision-making that does not jeopardize world trade law in the short term and could build political legitimacy in the long term. Their proposed judicial approach would mitigate the widening democracy deficit at the WTO, and would help incorporate the legitimacy of public participation in risk-based decision-making within the trading system.

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