Decision on Bt-Brinjal: Issues of Legal Certainty

Nupur Chowdhury, Nidhi Srivastava

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The recent decision of the government of India to impose a moratorium on the release of Bt-Brinjal has been hailed by civil society and scientists alike as a victory for transparency and has demonstrated that the government is responsive to societal demands. This decision is also important since it could set a precedent within environmental regulation with reference to technologies with significant environmental risks. However, the decision also reflects a clear departure from procedure and its legal basis is tenuous and therefore the risk of it being reversed remains. This establishes a clear case for ensuring legal certainty in environmental regulations especially in the case of technologies with significant risks attached to it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages1
JournalEconomic & Political Weekly
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2010


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