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Academic Program

The Programme is composed of eight modules, as described below:

1. INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW

The first module addresses legal foundations of the multilevel-system governing the food sector at the international level. The lectures unveil how WTO law shapes and constrains EU Food Law and how national measures are still used to promote the increase of production by means of subsidies and restrictions on market access.

2. EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL FOOD SAFETY REGULATION

The second module focuses on the rules governing food chain safety, namely its hygiene and health security, nutritional, hygienic and toxicological characteristics. Students also learn about the mechanisms set up at the EU level to guarantee food safety and management of emergency situations.

3. FOOD QUALITY POLICIES

The third module provides students with a comprehensive overview of the rules governing the protected geographical indications of origin, brands, private collective marks and signs of quality. The particular discipline of the trade of wine and spirits, the sensorial analysis of food and the important issue of the “Made in” market complete this section.

4. FOOD ADVERTISING AND LABELLING

This module addresses the regulation of information that consumers may find on food products and advertising campaigns set up at EU and national level.

5. FOOD SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENT

Module five provides a comprehensive overview of the strict relationship between food and environment while analysing major problems related to food security, namely the availability, the access and the use of food products.

6. AGRICULTURAL POLICIES AND THE MARKET

This module deals with the rules governing the agri-foodstuffs market. In particular, students engage in the analysis of regulations on competition and State aids, the European food market system and the role of relevant authorities on fair competition. Also, particular attention is given to food trade in the international market and to the controls performed by Customs service.

7. CONTRACTS

In this module, students look at the role of international and national trade associations, the discipline of network contracts and transaction contracts in the agri-food system, as well as the laws governing consumers protection in contractual processes and various organizational systems in the food supply chain.

8. SUMMER SCHOOL on International Trade and Food Law

The Summer School aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the relationship between the EU and some of its major trading partners (e.g. The United States, Canada, China, Japan and ASEAN countries) with particular reference to the trade in agri-food products. For each area under consideration, students will be presented with the regulatory framework governing trade in agri-food products and market opportunities for EU food companies.