This study explores the reasons behind the different responses of three legal systems: Europe, Japan, and the USA, in coping with one of the major food safety crises in recent years: BSE. Making reference to the most recent advances on risk perception that cognitive and social sciences, such as legal anthropology and sociology of law, have experimented with, the book examines the role that culture plays in molding the process of legal change. Attention is devoted to the regulative frameworks implemented to guarantee the safety of the food chain against the BSE menace and at the liability responses sketched to compensate the victims of mad cow disease, showing how both these elements have been influenced by the cultural context within which they place themselves.
Dr. Matteo Ferrari is a Post-doctoral Researcher in Comparative Private Law, Department of Juridical Sciences, University of Trento, Italy. He has been visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and at the School of Law, Boston University.