The precautionary approach in the Economic Partnership Agreement between EU and Japan: a threat to the EU precautionary principle? by ALESSANDRA DONATI

The reference to the precautionary approach contained in EPA shall be coordinated with the precautionary principle set forth by article 191 of Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFUE”) and with the obligation of European institutions to pursue a high level of protection of the environment (Art. 191 TFUE), public health (Art. 168 TFUE) and consumers (Art. 169 TFUE). In this regard, the question arises whether the precautionary approach under EPA has the potential to jeopardize the high standards of health, environment, and consumer protection set forth by EU law. In other words, shall EPA’s precautionary approach hinders the EU institutions from applying the precautionary principle as established within EU law?

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DONATI_Alessandra3x4Alessandra Donati is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Procedural law in Luxembourg. She obtained her Ph.D. at the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne with a thesis on the precautionary principle under EU law. Alessandra holds a degree in law from the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Milan) and in economics from the Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona). She also holds an LL.M. in French and European Law from the University Paris 1- Panthéon Sorbonne. Alessandra is a member of both the Italian (Milan) and French (Paris) Bar Association. Before joining the Max Planck Institute as a research fellow, Alessandra practiced law for several years as an attorney in Milan at Chiomenti Studio Legale and in Paris at Castaldi Partners law office. Alessandra is currently teaching at SciencesPo (campus of Nancy) and at the University of Luxembourg. She specializes in European Union law, and namely in EU environmental and food law.

 

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