Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy 2016 – Final programme and brand new website

Also this year I will be pleased and honored to participate to Alberto Alemanno‘s Summer Academy, leading a panel about food fraud prevention and challenges faced by official controls when it comes to imported goods: a brief comparative analysis on different systems will be  also developed (EU, US, China).

As usual I suggest to any practicioner involved in the food system to attend, due to the invaluable heritage of knowledge and contacts you can gain in just 5 days.

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, 18 July, to Friday, 22 July, 2016 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).

This edition´s keynote speaker will be Professor Marion Nestle, award-winning author of Food Politics and of the newly published Soda Politics, from New York University.

Here below a preview of the final programme (to download, click here):

Key Note address Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and winning)

Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University

Mega Trade Agreements as New Sources of International Food Law

Marsha Echols, Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law, Director of The World Food Law Institute

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Where do we stand?

Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris and Global Clinical Professor of Law at NYU School of Law

The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Implications for Food Safety Governance

Ching-Fu Lin, National Tsing hua University, Taiwan

EU Policies to Tackle Obesity and Overweight: Translating Promises into Change

Ilaria Passarani, Head of the Food and Health Department at BEUC – The European Consumer Organisation

The Australian Interpretive Nutrition Labeling

Alexandra Jones, Research Associate, Food Policy Division, The George Institute for Global Health, Australia

A Global Perspective through the Lenses of the Latin American Experience

Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center

The Role of Taxation and Economic Incentives in NCD Prevention: the Case for Sugar Taxes and Minimum Price for Alcohol Unit

Oliver Bartlett, Liverpool University
Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor, HEC Paris and Global Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

Think Outside the Juicebox: A Commercial Litigation Strategy to Temper the Effects of Food Advertising Targeting Children

Esther Trakinski, New York University

UNGPs and the Right to Food: Joining the Dots

Kirsteen Shields, Lecturer at the School of Law at University of Dundee

Nudging for Good: Towards a New Form of Corporate Social Responsibility?

Francesco Tramontin, AIM

Build Trust in Food: Review of Key Topics and Initiatives to Influence Consumer Behaviour

Petra Klassen Wigger, Scientific Advisor, Corporate Nutrition, Health & Wellness Unit, Nestle

The ‘Consumer’ Angle on the Nudge Debate

Clare Leonard, Director Global Nutrition Strategy and Communications, Mondelēz International

The challenge of Endocrine Disruptors: A European and Global Perspective

Natalie McNelis, EU and International Trade Lawyer, New York and Brussels Bars

Food Frauds and the Global Food Safety Import Challenges: a Comparative Perspective of EU, US and Chinese Official Controls on the Market

Cesare Varallo, Food lawyer and founder of foodlawlatest.com

Francesco Montanari, Food lawyer and Senior Associate at Arcadia International

Hope to see you there and have a enjoyable and fruitful week together!

In case you want to know more about the experience, feel free to contact me (foodlawlatest@gmail.com or 00393495275567) or write directly to summeracademy@albertoalemanno.eu.

Click here to apply and read participant’s feedbacks about the former editions.

To download the 2016 final programme, please click here.

UNICRI illicit pesticides, organized crime and supply chain integrity report

A new Report on “Illicit pesticides, organized crime and supply chain integrity” has been published by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

The report, prepared by UNICRI and discussed by experts and practitioners during an Expert Workshop, aims at deepening the general knowledge on current trends related to illicit pesticides, identifying the actors and organized crime groups (OCGs) and networks involvement and their modus operandi, and understanding the supply chain vulnerabilities. Participants included high level representatives from Brazil, Ghana, Finland, Italy, Moldova, Vietnam, Basel Convention Regional Center in China, Uk Intellitech Security Group, EUROPOL, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund University, CropLife, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Pesticides Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP), World Customs Organisation, INTERPOL and Reconnaissance International.

I was honored to be invited to the workshop and to have the opportunity to contribute: a special thanks to entire UNICRI team, especially Vittoria Luda di Cortemilia, Programme Coordinator of UNICRI Environmental Crimes Programme – Emerging Crimes Unit – Elise Vermeersch, Project Associate, and Francesca Bosco, Senior Fellow. The report was drafetd by the UNICRI and Robyn Mace.

Illicit pesticides pose potentially serious threats to human safety and health, economies, businesses and farmers, the environment, and national security. For more than a decade, regulators, industry and farmers in numerous countries have been struggling with the growing market in illicit agro-chemicals and illicit plant protection products (PPPs). Worldwide estimates of trade in illegal and counterfeit markets range from 5-15% for most types of products and commodities. The European Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG-SANTE) indicates that about 10% of the European Union (EU) pesticides market is comprised of illegal pesticides, noting significant variation between Member States. Other sources have indicated that more than 25% of pesticide products in some EU Member States are counterfeit.

This policy paper is divided into four sections. The first presents an overview of the risks and impacts of illicit pesticide use on human health, livestock and food supplies, the environment, and the international agricultural trade.

The second section presents data and information on actors and agents, modus operandi, observed trends, product flows and regional profiles of the pesticides market. This section also considers trade, agricultural and food supply chain characteristics, security vulnerabilities, and protection and defense measures against organized crime groups and networks that have infiltrated international agrochemicals and pesticide markets.

The third section summarizes key regulatory issues, identifies obstacles and indicates concrete actions to prevent and combat the importation, sale and use of illicit pesticides, as well as the role of the actors involved in the control and securitization of the market.

The final section concludes with the role of UNICRI in addressing the issues of illicit pesticides, in particular in facilitating research, raising stakeholders’ awareness, delivering training and technical assistance programmes, supporting in capacity building activities and reinforcing national and international cooperation.

The report contains also an amazing list of cases happened in the last decade, divided by country.