To Bind or Not Bind? European Ethics as Soft Law

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In the entrenched technoscientific and social developments and orders that have characterized the technological developments in the past decades, the regulatory approaches adopted to think of them, set their pace and stabilize them in different countries have been refined and revised over time. Especially the European Union (EU) provides an excellent research site to study regulatory changes. The growth and integration of the EU parallels the attempts to regulate fields like biotechnology, nanotechnology and synthetic biology. For that reason it offers an excellent opportunity to study how “ethics” has been developed and mobilized as part of the co-production of science and social order.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience and Democracy. Making Knowledge and Making Power in the Biosciences and Beyond
EditorsStephen Hilgartner, Clark Miller, Rob Hagendijk
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Ethics
  • European Law
  • Soft law


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