Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Ukraine adopts new food legislation to align with the EU

On September 15, 2014, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko signed Law No. 1602 VII on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine related to Food Products.   The law establishes a new wording for the Law of Ukraine on the Safety and Quality of Food. Ukraine Law No. 1602 VII appears intended to align Ukraine’s food legislation with the food law of the EU.

On 16 September 16, 2014, the Parliaments of the EU and Ukraine ratified the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (EUAA). The new Ukraine food law appears relevant in the light of the EUAA, Article 474, which provides that the Ukraine will carry-out a gradual approximation of its legislation to EU law.
Article 1 of the Law on Food Safety contains provisions on the safety of food, traceability; risk analysis (defined as a process consisting of three interconnected components: risk assessment, risk management and risk communication), the system of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), food supplements,  and novel foods.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

New Publication by the WTO: The History and Future of the World Trade Organization

The History and Future of the World Trade Organization is a comprehensive account of the economic, political and legal issues surrounding the creation of the WTO and its evolution. Fully illustrated with color and black-and-white photos dating back to the early days of trade negotiations, the publication reviews the WTO's achievements as well as the challenges faced by the organization, and identifies the key questions that WTO members need to address in the future.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

GMO Infographic from axismundionline

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Horse meat again

New case of horse meat has been discovered in a Dutch slaughterhouse.

Thursday, January 23, 2014



Location: University of Trento, Faculty of Law, Professor Room - Trento, via Rosmini
Date: Friday, February 21th, 2014
Time: 9.30-12.30


Umberto IzzoMatteo Ferrari (University of Trento)

Neal Fortin (Professor and Director, Institute for Food Laws & Regulations, Michigan State University)
The Perils of Comparative Food Law:  The United States and the European Union

Martin Holle (Professor for Food Law and Administrative Law at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences)
The Consumer Paradigm in Food Law: Time for a Change?

Francesco Planchenstainer (Ph d, Cattolica University of Piacenza, Lawtech Trento)
Legal Responses to Food Safety Emergencies and Crises: A Comparative Assessment of U.S. and E.U. Law  

For more information, visit here

Thursday, January 09, 2014

10th International Workshop for Young Scholars (WISH) - ‘New Directions in EU and Global Risk Regulation'

The European Law Journal, HEC Paris and the Center for Research on Transnational Law (CTL), Peking University School of Transnational Law (PKUSTL), Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, are welcoming proposals for presentation at the 10th International Workshop for Young Scholars (WISH)/10ème Rencontre Internationale des Jeunes Chercheurs (RIJC). 

The topic is 'New Directions in EU and Global Risk Regulation: Regulatory Autonomy, Evidence-based Policymaking and International Regulatory Co-operation'. 

The 10th WISH will be held in Paris in December 2014 (date to be determined).


The 10th WISH builds on the success of the previous WISH held annually since 2002. It offers outstanding young scholars an opportunity to present their best research work in a professional academic setting to an audience of other young scholars and more senior academics. Selected revised versions of the papers may be published in a special issue of the European Law Journal or in a bilingual edited book (Bruylant, Brussels) destined for an international readership.
For more information, please click here. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Cliff Wirajendi at wirajendi@hec.fr

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WHO urges stricter rules on food marketing to children

The food industry is ‘exploiting children’ in its marketing of unhealthy food, according to a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which calls for stricter marketing controls, particularly in light of new technologies like smart phone apps and social media. See: http://www.foodnavigator.com/Legislation/WHO-urges-stricter-rules-on-food-marketing-to-children

The full report is available here