Global Food Systems from a Legal Perspective

Anne Saab

MINT055 | Spring | 6ECTS

The course explores the relevance of different areas of international law for understanding and regulating global food system. The starting point of this course is food regime theory, which attempts to understand and analyse the role of agriculture in the development of a world capitalist economy. The study of food regimes has been led by sociologists and geographers. The focus of this course is on how different areas of international law - including environmental law, trade law, human rights law, intellectual property law, food safety law, biodiversity law, climate change law - are relevant in understanding and shaping the current food regime. A central question is what contribution international law may make in achieving food security. The course is open to students with or without a legal background. It will enable students to become familiar with the different areas of international law that are pertinent in understanding and analysing processes of global production, trade, and consumption of food.