Risk regulation in the North Sea : a common law perspective on Norwegian legislation
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Original versionBraut, G.S. ; Lindøe, P.H.: Risk regulation in the North Sea : a common law perspective on Norwegian legislation. Safety Science Monitor, 14(2010)1
The paper include an assessment of the development of the Norwegian regulatory system based on legislative written text, but also compare the impact (efficiency/effectiveness) of the regulatory regime. The theoretical basis is a distinction between the concept of common law as opposed to statutory law. The current legislation related to safety in the petroleum sector in Britain (UK) as well as in Norway (NOR) has traits from both those two legislative concepts; though the British judicial and administrative traditions are relying much more upon the concept of common law than the Norwegian are. The assessment finds traits of the common law principle in the Norwegian legislation as well, partly because of the strong bilateral influence between the UK and Norway in the petroleum sector and possibly due to an increasing use of legal standards in the legislative texts used for safety regulation purposes..