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Food law and policies

  • A.A. 2019/2020
  • CFU 8
  • Ore 40
  • Classe di laurea LM-52
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

The course aims to give the knowledge of the (international, European) discipline of food production and trade, also taking into account consumer rights.
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' and territory (especially in relation to food), including economic aspects. 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
- Issues related to sustainable development
- EU and US 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)

Testi (A)dottati, (C)onsigliati
  • 1.  (A) Costato, Albisinni (a cura di) European and Global Food Law Cedam, Padova, 2016
Altre informazioni / materiali aggiuntivi

--- Non-attending students have to study: Costato, Albisinni, "European and Global Food Law", chapters no. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 19 and 20.
--- Attending students have to study the educational materials distributed in class and/or uploaded on the webpage related to this course

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
  • The final exam is oral.
    There will be an intermediate exam (a written test) that will consist of multiple choice questions and two 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.
    The student has to demonstrate that she/he has understood the legal issues related to the topics of the course and that she/he is able to present them clearly and with the specific terminology.

Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che possono essere utilizzate per l'attività didattica


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