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The Capacity of Courts to Handle Complex Cases: Lessons from Technological Risk Regulation

Author: 
Liz Fisher
Publication date: 
Wed, 15 Jul 2009

This policy brief provides an overview of technological risk regulation and assesses the role of courts in reviewing the same. In doing so, it shows that the question of the capacity of courts is problematized by at least two different aspects: constitutional and institutional, both of which are malleable and context-specific.

The conclusion discusses the implications of these two features of the capacity of courts for legal and public policy reform.