cod. 1007689

Academic year 2018/19
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Diritto dell'unione europea (IUS/14)
Type of training activity
42 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the traditional institutes of international agro-food law related to the discipline of agri-food companies, retailers and the gastronomy sectors, with an in-depth study of international law on trade, food safety, consumer information and health safeguard, scientific research and technological developments, as well as intellectual property rights.
After successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:
- understand the processes of food law making;
make interpretations on the basis of an analysis of the concepts, relationships and regulatory principles;
- apply the theoretical regulatory framework to real issues.



Course unit content

Basic elements of international food law

Full programme

1. International trade rules and agriculture: WTO, TBT, SPS and TRIPs agreements;
2. Food safety: Codex Alimentarius and the WHO, the EU General Food Law (Reg. 178/2002);
3. Food advertising and labelling regulations at national and international level;
4. Contracts: international and national trade associations;
5. The agri food market practices: analysis of regulations on competition, legal responsibility, intellectual property rights, unfair trade; the role of institutions and financial instruments for the agri-food market;
6. Food companies in Europe and on a global scale: fiscal legislative regimes, customs arrangements, the rules governing e-commerce and distance selling.


Luigi Costato, Paolo Borghi, Sebastiano Rizzioli, Valeria Paganizza, Laura Salvi, (2017). Compendio di Diritto Alimentare. Milano: Wolters Kluwer, Cedam.
Additional Literature:
Steier, Gabriela, Patel, Kiran (Eds.) (2016) International Food Law And Policy. Springer

Teaching methods

The course consists of lectures.
Case studies will be presented

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination. The oral exam focuses on student learning of the course content, in light of the learning outcomes. Evaluation of questions: same weight for each question. Moreover, applying knowledge and understanding will be assessed by asking the student with the interpretation of empirical evidences, data etc.

Other information

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