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Comptes Rendus Physique
Volume 12, n° 7
pages 693-701 (septembre 2011)
Doi : 10.1016/j.crhy.2011.06.007
A legal version of the nanoworld
La version juridique du nanomonde

Stéphanie Lacour
Team ”Normativities and new technologies”, CECOJI (UMR 6224 CNRS-Poitiers Université), 27, rue Paul Bert, 94204 Ivry sur Seine, France 


Nanosciences and nanotechnologies come into a pre-existing legal system. Their arrival, and how they are received are worthy of analysis. Such an effort shall at first include simply lexical considerations, in order to penetrate, via their origins, the traces of these specific objects into the territory of law. The goal of this article is to explore the effects of “nanos” in various legal fields, including their relevance to the principle of precaution, patent law, and the applicable laws for chemical substances.

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Les nanosciences et nanotechnologies viennent sʼinscrire dans un système juridique préexistant. Les modalités de leur réception par le droit méritent dʼêtre analysées. Pour mener à bien cet exercice, il convient, après avoir exclu la piste dʼune recherche purement lexicale, dʼexplorer quelques-unes des traces que lʼémergence de ces objets spécifiques laisse dans le territoire du droit. Cʼest ce que tente de faire cet article, en se penchant sur lʼeffet des « nanos » dans différents champs juridiques, allant du principe de précaution jusquʼau droit des brevets dʼinvention en passant par le droit applicable aux substances chimiques.

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Keywords : Nanotechnology, Regulation, Legal system, Principle of precaution, Patent law

Mots-clés : Nanotechnologies, Règlementation, Système juridique, Principe de précaution, Droit des brevets dʼinvention

 Translation from French on the basis of a project by Bradford Smith, Member of the New York Academy of Science, of the International Institute of Space Law, European Patent Attorney and Member, of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

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