The Optimisation Approach of ALARA in Nuclear Practice: An Early Application of the Precautionary Principle? Scientific Uncertainty versus Legal Uncertainty and its Role in Tort Law.

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Two main issues will be dealt with in the paper: 1. How are the health risks attributable to “low doses” of radiation regulated in nuclear law and what lessons can be learned from the field of radiation protection? 2. What does ALARA have to inform the discussion of the Precautionary Principle and vice-versa, in particular so far as legal sanctions and liability are concerned? It will be shown that the Precautionary Principle has not yet been implemented into nuclear law.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-107
JournalEuropean Energy and Environmental Law Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006


  • ALARA, Precautionary Principle, causation, liability, low doses, risk regulation, scientific uncertainty

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