Judy J. Kim


This Note analyzes current international regulations for the deliberate release of genetically modified organisms into the environment. Part I describes the benefits and risks associated with the introduction of GMOs into the environment and presents an overview of deliberate release regulations in various countries to show the range of standards in individual nations. Part II analyzes international multilateral efforts to regulate the deliberate release of GMOs. Part III critiques current international efforts to regulate deliberate releases and proposes harmonization of deliberate release regulations through an international body that would approve these releases upon proof of safety of the proposed release into the environment. This Note concludes that an international set of regulations for the deliberate release of GMOs into the environment is needed to facilitate trade and to protect the environment.