The study and practice of risk analysis, risk management, and the communication of risk has been the subject of heated debates. This is no less so when law is added to the mix. Despite the law's constant search for certainty, the concept of risk itself is inherently uncertain. From the precautionary principle to the role of research ethics boards, risk remains a value-laden term, difficult to define and even more difficult to address. This collection looks at law and risk in a variety of contexts and provides insight into how courts use and interpret risk, how the law allocates risk, and the regulation of risky activities. To demonstrate the linkages between law and risk, the essays tackle some difficult topics, including dangerous offenders, sex offender notification, drug courts, genetic research, pesticide use, child pornography, and tobacco advertising.
1. On proof and probability: introduction to "law and risk" / William Leiss & Steve E. Hrudey. -- 2. Use of risk assessments by Canadian judges in the determination of dangerous and long-term offender status, 1997-2002 / David MacAlister. -- 3. Shifting the burden of proof: the precautionary principle and its potential for the "democratization" of risk / Dayna Nadine Scott. -- 4. Legal knowledges of risk / Mariana Valverde, Ron Levi & Dawn Moore. -- 5. Evidentiary principles with respect to judicial review of constitutionality: a risk management perspective / Danielle Pinard. -- 6. Integrating values in risk analysis of biomedical research: the case for regulatory and law reform / Duff R. Waring & Trudo Lemmens.