Food law and policies

  • Local development policies and global issues Classe: LM-52
  • A.A. 2016/2017
  • CFU 8, 8(m)
  • Ore 40, 40(m)
  • Classe di laurea LM-52, LM-52(m)
Anna Ilaria Trapè / Professoressa di ruolo - II fascia / Diritto agrario (IUS/03)
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, della Comunicazione e delle Relazioni Internazionali

No prerequisites

Obiettivi del corso

Globalization has increased the complexity and the speed of international trade. At the same time, globalization has created forms of social and cultural uprooting that has highlighted the gradual rediscovery of 'local' issues and the value of 'diversity' (especially in relation to food), including economic aspects. Territory, with its historical complex and cultural traditions has become a kind of competitive resource to preserve and, at the same time, to introduce into the global market. This awareness has changed the methods of food production and has underlined the need for differentiated and sustainable policies, along with the rediscovery of the typical value of territory.
The course aims to give students the tools to understand these dynamics, therefore it analyzes both the rules of food production, food presentation, food quality even in relation to the territory and the environment of production and the policies related to food and consumer protection.

Programma del corso

In order to give students the legal tools to understand the issues related to international food law and trade, first of all the course deals with: Analysis of International Treaties annexed to the Treaty of Marrakech (The Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), the TRIPs on food, the Agricultural Agreement).
In order to give students the tools to understand the global dynamics related to food production and agricolture, the course deals with:
- Models of development and Agricultural Policies
- European Food safety law and policies
- Food security policies and Fair Trade
- Food quality and territory
- Consumer information in relation to food (labels, health food and health and nutritional claims)
- International and European Environmental Policies: the issue of climate change

Altre informazioni / materiali aggiuntivi

For attending students: educational materials will be distributed in class and/or uploaded on the webpage related to this course

Non-attending students have to write me an e-mail to receive the educational material

Metodi didattici
  • Frontal lecturing, seminars, analysis and discussion of case studies and documents; group work and individual research carried out by students; documentary viewing.
Modalità di valutazione
  • For attending students, there will be an intermediate exam that will consist of multiple choice questions and two open ended questions.
    At the end of the course, there will be a final exam, which can be in oral or in written form. Each candidate will decide whether he/she prefers an oral or a written exam.
    The oral exam will consist of analysis and discussion of a topic agreed with the Professor. The student has to demonstrate that she/he has understood the legal issues related to that chosen topic and that she/he is able to present it clearly and with the specific terminology.
    The written exam will consist of three open ended questions. The purpose will be to assess the level of knowledge of the candidate and her/his ability to explain the topic which is the object of the question by using appropriate legal terminology, to assess her/his level of analysis, critical capacity and knowledge of the specific vocabulary.
Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che possono essere utilizzate per l'attività didattica


Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che si intende utilizzare per la valutazione