Food Law and Policy

Time: 12-23 August 2019 (exact duration will be given soon)

Campus: Joensuu

Daily programme (updated 9.8.)

Duration and credits: one or two weeks, 2 or 5 ECTS
Teaching language: English
Level: Master, Doctoral
Maximum number of attendees: to be announced
Course coordinator: Hang Nguyen  
Responsible department: UEF Law School
Learning outcomes: The student will learn how society regulates food. The student will learn how the inter-play of policies is not restricted to traditional food security issues, but cover regulatory and policy issues from food safety, global food chains, sustainable food production, public health and nutrition, food development and food security. The student will get an overview of the basic concepts and conflicting structures of various food-related fields of law through an inter-disciplinary approach. The student will acquire skills to evaluate food policy reporting in a legal context and improved legal argumentation skills.


The course works from the idea of aligning food policies in an effort to improve food security worldwide. Finnish and international experts in fields of food security, food safety and nutrition, animal law, international trade, IPRs cover the foundations of food law as a legal discipline through the lens of contem-porary scholarship on food law and policy issues. The course includes industry representatives and visits.
Modes of study: This course is primarily designed for Finnish and international Master level students. It is also suitable for experts working in institutions applying food law or making food policy as well as doctoral students in related fields. Attendance and completion of course work on-site in Joensuu is required. The course consists of expert lectures/workshops, study visits, and writing a learning diary.
Study materials: The lectures and course materials (articles, reports and official documents) will be shared on Moodle.
Evaluation criteria: Students will receive detailed information, when selected for participation.
Teachers: to be announced