Experts against precaution: analyzing the process of biosafety regulation in Iran

Souzanchi Kashani, Ebrahim and Millstone, Erik (2016) Experts against precaution: analyzing the process of biosafety regulation in Iran. New Genetics and Society, 35 (1). pp. 29-48. ISSN 1463-6778

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Abstract

The process of preparing and enacting a biosafety law in Iran lasted more than a decade. This paper examines the process of biosafety policy-making in Iran in relation to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) and to domestic Iranian factors. While some scholars argued that the CPB would be influential in developing countries, our findings indicate that it was not particularly important in Iranian biosafety legislation. This paper outlines the internal Iranian political processes, which initially envisaged a very precautionary approach, but which concluded with a biosafety law designed to promote the adoption of these technologies. Reference will be made to the changing influence of expert biotechnologists on policy-making. The dominance of domestic policy considerations, compared to CPB provisions, implies that signing the CPB does not imply that national regimes will converge on a common model, based on the text of the CPB.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: biosafety, regulation, Iran
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers > J0100 Other regions and countries
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.) > JQ0021 Asia > JQ1758 Middle East Including Turkey, Iran, Israel, Arabian Peninsula
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.) > JQ0021 Asia > JQ1758 Middle East Including Turkey, Iran, Israel, Arabian Peninsula > JQ1852 Islamic countries
Depositing User: Ebrahim Souzanchi Kashani
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2016 10:49
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 05:05
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61860

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