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2. Apollo'S Tripod: Defining Rights And Duties Under The Precautionary Principle

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Virtually all of the numerous articulations of the precautionary principle that can be encountered in state practice boil down to the basic understanding that when (more or less grave) environmental harm looms ahead, preventive or abatement action is appropriate even if the issues are surrounded by uncertainty. The three common elements can be inferred, and this where the Delphic tripod, announced in the title of the current chapter, comes into play. The most fundamental feature of the tripod of Apollo, namely that it rest on three legs, is in its commonness with the precautionary principle. The three legs of the precautionary tripod, are (1) a threat of harm, (2) uncertainty and (3) action.

Keywords: Apollo's Tripod; precautionary principle

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