The Legal Value of General Principles, Technical Norms and Standards in European Nuclear Safety Law: The Imbalance Between Soft and Hard Law and the Need for Global Regulatory Governance

Ludo Veuchelen, Dirk Ceuterick

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    In this article we try to draw a global picture of the international regulatory regime on nuclear safety, using standards and optimization principles and highlighting the imbalance between "the rule of law" (meaning hierarchical and legitimate set of rules and norms, established along the lines of a democratic regulatory process) and the many soft laws. The findings of this article underscore the urgent need to move towards establishing a coherent framework for global regulatory governance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)215-228
    JournalEuropean Energy and Environmental Law Review
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Aug 2009

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