This case commentary examines the CJEU’s recent decision in C-621/15 W and Others v Sanofi Pasteur MSD SNC  ECR I. This commentary critically examines the decision through the lens of the cultural conflict between law and science. We argue that the CJEU’s decision reflects both a distortion of scientific knowledge and an improper indifference to the legitimate methods by which scientific knowledge is generated in the context of vaccines. These judicial approaches may, the authors argue, inadvertently fuel the vaccine scepticism that is growing across the developed world, and in particular in Europe.
Laura R Smillie, Mark R Eccleston-Turner and Sarah L Cooper, C-621/15 – W And Others v Sanofi Pasteur: An Example of Judicial Distortion and Indifference to Science, Medical Law Review, https://doi.org/10.1093/medlaw/fwx049. Published: 8 November 2017.