ESADE Knowledge video - Inspiring Feature
01th Desember 2012
Nanotechnology involves making 'machines' and materials that work on the incredibly tiny atomic scale. The potential of nanotech is enormous for cleaning up pollution, providing green energy, rebuilding human tissue and targeting disease. Its potential is almost limitless. Yet nanotech also carries risks. ESADE professor Antoni Abat explores these in his paper and their implications for public law. The notion of molecular machines going on the rampage may seem fanciful but legal systems must enshrine caution.
Abat's reflections on gaps in nanotech regulation hold valuable lessons for legislators and practitioners alike. He concludes that while regulation may be needed, over-regulation could easily stifle Europe's prospects in this exciting new industry.