Die Freiheit wissenschaftlicher Forschung im Umweltrecht - 10.1628/wissr-2021-0012 - Mohr Siebeck

Wolfgang Durner

Die Freiheit wissenschaftlicher Forschung im Umweltrecht

Rubrik: Abhandlungen
Wissenschaftsrecht (WissR)

Jahrgang 54 () / Heft 2, S. 133-149 (17)
Publiziert 10.06.2021

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The fundamental right to freedom of science in Article 5 of the German constitution may collide with the constitutional duty to protect the natural foundations of life and animals in Article 20a. In order to resolve this conflict and according to the principle of practical concordance, the legislator is required to balance both constitutional values and to find a fair compromise. Quite frequently this compromise will take the form of specific exemptions for scientific research. Stricter standards apply where environmental provisions are based on a precautionary approach and ban certain activities due to the fact that their risks are unknown or uncertain. If scientific research is aimed at these knowledge gaps and uncertainties, exemptions must be granted more generously.

Wolfgang Durner Geboren 1967; Studium der Rechts- und Politikwissenschaft sowie der Philosophie in Würzburg, Berlin, München und an der London School of Economics (LL.M. 1993); 1995 Promotion in Politikwissenschaft; 2000 Promotion im Völkerrecht; 2004 Habilitation; derzeit Lehrstuhlvertretung an der Freien Universität Berlin.