Photograph of Dr Naomi Salmon.Dr Naomi Salmon

LLB Wales, PhD


Office: 2.40 Elystan Morgan Building, Llanbadarn
Phone: 01970 622733

Teaching Areas

Undergraduate teaching and assessment: Food Policy and Law (Module Coordinator); Human Rights; Public Law; Medicine Ethics and Law; European Law.

Supervision and examination of Postgraduate research

Teaching outside the Department:

  • Lectures and seminars on 'Human Rights to Subsistence and Basic Welfare' at the Summer Course – The European System of Human Rights Protection - run by the Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.
  • Red-Cross Outreach Project – A talk & discussion session for carers. An Overview of Advance Directives / Living Wills. Ystwyth Surgery, Aberystwyth.


European food policy; Modern Biotechnology; nanotechnologies, sustainability, consumer rights; human rights.

My research draws together these various strands to explore the boundaries between the rhetoric and reality of sustainability and consumer protection within the EU market arena. I am particularly interested in the way in which Community law seeks to address and mediate the conflicting interests of key stakeholders – industry, State and consumer. Much of my work on the regulation of food biotechnology focuses on issues of risk analysis – particularly risk management - and the development of law and policy in this highly controversial area. More recently, my interests have extended into wider issues of sustainability and food security.  My doctoral thesis and current research explores the interface between consumer rights and human rights, testing the extent to which human rights argumentation might usefully be employed as a mechanism to lift key consumer rights out of the general mire of market regulation, thus promoting what must be the primary goal of any rational system of food governance: feeding the people, and feeding them well.


Additional Interests

Representative work

I served on Stonewall Cymru’s Council for six years (2002-2008). This organisation  - originally launched as the LGB Forum Cymru in 2001 - is supported by Stonewall (England) and the Welsh National Assembly and works to promote social and legal equality for the lesbian, gay and bisexual community in Wales.

My interests in this field include the impact of family law on lesbian and gay headed families, as well as broader equality and rights issues. My research to date has focused on: (a) the experiences of lesbian mothers whose children were born in the context of a previous heterosexual relationship; (b) the experiences of expectant lesbian parents in the workplace and the failure of employers to recognise the parental status of lesbian co-parents.




Salmon, N. 2009. What's Cooking? From GM Food to Nanofood: Regulating Risk and Trade in Europe. Environmental Law Review 11 (2) pp. 97-115. 10.1350/enlr.2009.11.2.047

Salmon, N. 2009. European Community Law and Nanotechnology: A Risky Business? Unknown Journal Work In Progress Not Yet Submitted



Salmon, N.J. 2008. Nanotech: Size Really Does Matter. The Ecologist (May edition) pp. 16-17.


Harding, C., Kohl, U., Salmon, N. 2008. Human Rights in the Market Place: The Exploitation of Rights Protection by Economic Actors., Ashgate Publishing Group


Salmon, N. 2008. The European Laboratory: The Construction of Consumer Rights in Europe. C. Harding, U. Kohl, N. Salmon (Eds.) Human Rights in the Market Place: The Exploitation of Rights Protection by Economic Actors. Markets and the Law, Ashgate Publishing Group pp. 125-166.

Salmon, N. 2008. Profit in the Beef Industry and Human Health: Consumer Rights as Basic Human Rights. C. Harding, U. Kohl, N. Salmon (Eds.) Human Rights in the Market Place: The Exploitation of Rights Protection by Economic Actors. Markets and the Law, Ashgate Publishing Group pp. 53-80.

Other contribution

Salmon, N. 2008. Size Matters When Nano is on the Menu.



Salmon, N. 2005. What's 'Novel' About It? Substantial Equivalence, Precaution and Consumer Protection 1997-2004. Environmental Law Review 7 (2) pp. 138-149. 10.1350/enlr. Cadair

Other contribution

Salmon, N. 2005. Pregnancy GFI Wales: Follow Up Study: Lesbian perspectives on pregnancy, work and the 'written statement' of rights and responsibilities proposed by EOC Wales. Cadair Other

Special issue

Salmon, N. 2005. The Internet and the Human Right to Food: The European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed. Information and Communications Technology Law 14 (1) pp. 43-57. 10.1080/1360083042000325300 Cadair



Salmon, N. 2002. A European Perspective on the Precautionary Principle, Food Safety and the Free Trade Imperative of the WTO. European Law Review pp. 138-155. Cadair