What is the state of current European governance on new and emerging technologies, and where is it going? What is, and what can be, the role of human rights in governance arrangements? These are the main questions that this book answers for both European and non-European scholars. It provides a wide picture of current European governance, notably in biotechnology, nanotechnology and synthetic biology, and discusses the model of Responsible Research and Innovation, which is gaining popularity within the European Union, under a human rights perspective. It shows how human rights can contribute to governance frameworks without posing obstacles to research and innovation.

The theory presented in the book is followed by practical guidelines drawn from human rights law. Starting from the Strasbourg Court jurisprudence, it provides a complete review of the wide range of rights that the European Convention on Human Rights protects in light of the challenges of techno-scientific advances. This analysis will come in handy for private actors, policymakers, regulators, as well as judges in solving hard cases raised by techno-scientific progress in the future.

part |2 pages


chapter |6 pages


chapter 2|50 pages

Governance: A Theoretical Framework

part |2 pages


chapter |8 pages


chapter 4|20 pages

Human Dignity

chapter 5|34 pages

Right to Health

chapter 6|24 pages


chapter 7|26 pages

Right to Bodily Integrity

chapter 8|16 pages

Right to a Healthy Environment

chapter 9|22 pages


chapter 10|16 pages

Freedom of Scientific Research

chapter |2 pages