Mobile Phone Infrastructure Regulation in Europe: Scientific Challenges and Human Rights Protection

dinsdag, 19 november 2013 - Categorie: Artikelen

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nov. 2013


As the progress of mobile phone technology accelerates throughout Europe, the
regulatory framework necessary for its safe and extended use has been slow to
develop. This article analyses the relationship between scientific knowledge and
regulation concerning the heath effects of increasing emissions of
electromagnetic fields (EMF). From a conservationist perspective, no other
example of industrial impact on the natural environment has achieved such
extended penetration so quickly. From a theoretical standpoint, stakeholders
are faced with a difficult choice between comprehensive risk assessment versus
immediate application of the precautionary principle. By exploring the
interaction between citizens, governments, and international bodies, we first
analyse the challenges faced by regulators in the presence of uncertain scientific
knowledge and standards of measurement. We then highlight the inadequacy of
current risk assessment parameters. Lastly, within the context of State and
European regulation of EMF exposure, we expand scholarship on the human
rights framework to protect vulnerable populations from environmental
pollution. We conclude that, because scientific knowledge is incomplete, a
precautionary approach is better suited to State obligations under international
human rights law.

Keywords: EMF, Human Rights, Technology and Health, Mobile Phones

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