Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy 2015 – Bilbao

The Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy, directed by the excellent friend and Professor Alberto Alemanno, is an established one-week summer programme that brings together practitioners, policymakers, industry representatives and leading academics working in the field of food law and policy. It offers intensive training on the most innovative developments in global food regulation and provides a unique opportunity for professional development and networking in an informal and inter-disciplinary setting. By talking, studying and interacting with food experts from all over the world, participants are able to gain new perspectives into both their own sectors and international regulatory issues. This is achieved by combining traditional classroom instruction with experiential learning opportunities offered by dedicated and distinguished international experts.

The Academy will take place from Monday, 20 July, to Friday, 24 July, 2015 in Bilbao, Spain. The choice of this vibrant city will enable participants to benefit from the world renowned Basque cuisine, its privileged geographical location between the Atlantic sea and the Rioja region, as well as its distinctive architectural landscapes (with the Guggenheim Museum, Norman Foster’s Undergroud, the towers by Arata Isozaki and César Pelli and the Calatrava’s airport).

The key note speaker of the next edition of the academy is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Ms. Hilal Elver.

The provisional program is the following:

  • Key Note address: “Appetite for Change: Tackling Undernourishment, Micronutrient Deficiency and Obesity” – Hilal Elver – UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food
  • The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Food Trade – Alberto Alemanno – Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, HEC Paris and Global Clinical Professor, NYU School of Law
  • Tensions between Food Security and Ecologic Urgency – Richard A. Falk – Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Emeritus at Princeton University
  • The Obesity Challenge: What Role for the Law in the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases? – Amandine Garde – Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool
  • The Perils of Comparative Food Law: Convergence, Divergence, and Complexity in US and EU Food Law – Neal Fortin – Director of Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Food Fraud: Guilty or Innocent? – Gilles Boin – Partner at Product Law Firm
  • Bridging the Gap between Behavioural and Experimental Policymaking and Obesity: Unleashing the Power of Peers for Healthy Nutrition – Pelle Guldborg Hansen – Founder of iNudgeyou and Professor Director of ISSP at Roskilde University
  • The Protection of Food-Related Geographical Indications in the Global Village: The TRIPS regime and the Battle between the Old World and the New World – Enrico Bonadio – Senior Lecturer in Law, City University London
  • Food safety expert panel: A comparison between the United States, the European Union, Japan, and China – European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) presentation

And many more sessions and speakers to be announced.

As former participant to this event I  warmly suggest you to attend!

To download the 2015 preview program, please click here

London (2nd June 2015)- Food&Beverage Law&IP Conference – Food fraud panel

On 2nd June 2015 I will be guest speaker at the Food&Beverage Law&IP conference, organised in London by IPRConnections in the exclusive location of the London Stock Exchange. is a media partner of the event and I have to thank you my dear friend Christos Apostolou for producing this amazing event.

The F&B Law & IP event is the premier event supporting creative partnerships in the food and beverage industry. The event is bringing together the most influential brand and IP owners, f&b manufacturers,  licensees and licensed goods retailers and is a perfect mix of regulatory, labelling and IP themes. There will be specific panel on counterfeiting, parallel imports, food frauds, labelling and geographical indications.

There will be speakers and representative from the most well recognised companies in the world, such as Unilever, Nestle, Mondelez, Scotch Whisky Association, PepsiCo, Coca Cola, Pernod Ricard, Red Bull Asia and many others.

Together with one of the most experienced person in EU regarding the fight against food fraud, John Coady, Chief Audit Manager in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and member of the FSAI’s multi-agency Food Fraud Task Force, I will speak in a panel full of case study about recent food frauds events and tips about what is going on at EU level. As Vice President EU Business and Regulatory affairs at Inscatech, I will give you some hints about how to protect your business from food frauds and about the pivotal role of the intelligence in preventing those events. Inscatech has established a solid reputation in the food industry as both a pioneer and the sole provider of food fraud intelligence investigations, forensically based vulnerability assessments, supplier qualification examinations, validated supply chain mapping, and food fraud vulnerability control programs. The company is well recognised in the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Food Frauds think thank and you can read more about our activity on this amazing article on Wired.

Here you can find the provisional agenda and book your place at the event.