For the Spanish speaking readers recently has been published an interesting collective opera about food law, which touch many of the main issue on the table nowadays, “Lecciones de Derecho Alimentario 2015-2016”, Aranzadi.
I have been invited from Prof. Luis Gonzalez Vaqué, coordinator of the book, to write down a short history of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) system, explaining in a practical way its functioning, its actual changes and the future challenges. Special attention was dedicated to its relationships with other existing systems (from the WHO Infosan to the Food Fraud Network) and to the REFIT exercise of the EU Commission on Regulation (EC) No 178/2002.
Many other interesting topics are touched, from food labelling to food frauds, from the new Chinese Food Safety Law to food supplements.
At the link given above you can look at the summary of the book. Here the full list of authors:
Nicola Aporti, Elena Atienza Macías, Silvia Bañares, Paolo Borghi, José Mª Ferrer Villar, Isabel Hernández San Juan, Francisco Millán Salas, Montserrat Prieto Goberna, Vito Rubino, Remedios Aranda Rodríguez, Renzo Bairati, Rosa María Blanca Herrera, Pedro Diaz Peralta, Corrado Finardi, Joan Mier Albert, Hugo Alfonso Muñoz Ureña, Vicente Rodríguez Fuentes, Isabel M. Segura Roda, Cesare Varallo.
“This book offers an exceptionally impressive, and wide-ranging, set of essays on behaviourally informed approaches to law and regulation in Europe, with particular reference to nudges. In this regard, Alemanno and Sibony offer some helpful reflections on how to assess the autonomy objection to nudges. They argue, plausibly in my view, that many behavioural interventions are neutral with respect to autonomy because they affect behaviour in instances where, in all likelihood, no deliberation would have taken place.”
Cass R Sunstein, Harvard School of Law
A preview chapter is available here.
Behavioural sciences help refine our understanding of human decision-making. Their insights are immensely relevant for policy-making since public intervention works much better when it targets real people rather than imaginary beings assumed to be perfectly rational. Increasingly, governments around the world are keen to rely on those insights for reshaping public interventions in a wide range of policy areas such as energy, health, financial services and data protection. When policy-making meets behavioural sciences, effective and low-cost regulations can emerge in the form of default rules, smart disclosure and simplification requirements. While behaviourally-informed intervention has a huge potential for policymaking, it also attracts legitimacy and practicability concerns. Nudge and the Law takes a European perspective on those issues and explores the legal implications of the emergent phenomenon of behavioural regulation by focusing on the challenges and opportunities it may offer to EU policy-making and beyond.
Alberto Alemanno is Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law and Risk Regulation at HEC Paris and Global Clinical Professor at New York University School of Law.
Anne-Lise Sibony is Professor of EU Law at the University of Louvain.