Environmental and food law

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
IUS/13
Language
English
Learning objectives
The Environmental and Food Law course has the purpose to
introduce students to the main international instruments
regulating States' environmental policies and food security
and safety policies. Analysis of cases, international
conventions and declarations will provide a deep overview
of States' practice and will offer the necessary tools for a
proper knowledge of the leading literature by international
lawyers.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will familiarize with the normative content of concept of food security from its inception to its development and operazionalization in a multitude of international hard law and soft law standards. They will
furthermore gain a solid understanding of some of the most cutting-edge issues pertaining to the realm of food (in)security from a trade and investment perspective. They will also learn about the multi-faceted aspects of food safety regulation and be exposed to some of the most
controversial issues arising out the food safety, health and trade conundrum (e.g. use of hormones and GMOs). Finally, they will familiarize with the basic instruments of international environmental law, from the 1972 Stockholm Declaration to the 2015 Paris Agreement, and be provided with an overview of how environmental considerations
intersect with trade and investment objectives.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
International environmental law is the first module of the Environmental and food law course. The module has the purpose to introduce students to the current international environmental law regime and to the main international instruments regulating States' environmental policies. Analysis of cases, international conventions and declarations will provide a deep overview of States' practice and will offer the necessary tools for a proper knowledge of the leading literature by international lawyers. The module is instrumental for the second part of the course on food law.
Students will familiarize with the main principles of international environmental law, with a particular focus on climate change regime. The course will first illustrate the origins and evolution of international environmental law, from the 1972 Stockholm Declaration to the 2015 Paris Agreement, and the main principles governing the current international legal framework. Students will be then provided with an overview of how environmental considerations intersect with trade and investment objectives and on the role of the European Union.
Prerequisites for admission
The course does not require any previous knowledge of the topic. The first lecture will provide international legal skills for students without a legal background. A good level of English is recommended.
Teaching methods
Lectures supported by slides, graphs, videos and in-class discussion.
Teaching Resources
P.-M. Dupuy, J. E. Vinuales, International Environmental Law, 2018 (second edition Chapters I, II, III, V) and slides.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam on Teams. The evaluation will take into account active participation in class.
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
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