Dayna Nadine Scott
Dayna Nadine Scott received a B.Sc. from the University of Guelph before heading to York University for the joint M.E.S./LL.B. degree program in 1997. Her Master's thesis entitled "Carbon Sinks Science and the Kyoto Protocol: Controversy as Opportunity for Paradigmatic Policy Shifts" won the York University Thesis Prize for 2001. After completing a judicial clerkship at the Federal Court of Canada and being called to the Bar of Ontario, Dayna returned to Osgoode Hall Law School to pursue her Ph.D. She holds a SSHRC doctoral fellowship and a Fulbright scholarship.
Dayna was recently awarded a Law Commission of Canada prize for her work on Law & Risk ("Shifting the Burden of Proof: The Precautionary Principle and its Potential for the Democratization of Risk" is forthcoming from UBC Press) and is currently working on another Law Commission of Canada and SSHRC funded study entitled "Sharing Knowledges of Risk: Citizen Engagement with Law, Science and Biotechnology."
Dayna's dissertation, Deconstructing the Precautionary Principle, treats the emerging concept of 'precaution' as a powerful legal and rhetorical instrument in the context of environmental and health risk controversies. Her research interests include: environmental law and policy; risk and regulation; environmental justice; law, science and democracy; food safety; environment, trade and globalization.