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Book Chapter

Book Authors/Editors

Justo Corti Varela & Paolo Davide Farah


Routledge Publishing (London/New-York)

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Different visions on the interaction between science, technology, policy and law have been presented. As common axe, we can detect the continuous search for truth and justice. Science and Law as social constructs, the distinction between truths and opinions through procedural method based on evidence and rationality, or how natural science “things” became facts, and consequently “truth”, are examples of this search. The evidence-gathering process that integrates scientific evidence into trial (sometimes by procedure and other times by a more substantive approach) is another possible approach. Of course, that the game of mutual influence among the four elements creates contradictions and the necessity of flexibility (precautionary principle), legitimacy in decision making (new democracy tools) and mechanisms for managing of the excess of information (sometime by proactive other times by reactive approaches). When technologies are supranational by nature soft paradigms, exceptions (art. XX of GATT), or compliance mechanisms (often used in the Paris Agreement) are the only response to new challenges, as the limitations of the Anthropocene (climate change) and the globalization itself. Other times the answer is the creation of new structures of interconnection between science, technology, society, and law: new spaces (cyberspace) that aim at the establishment of their own order.