Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Food Policy and Law
Academic Year
Semester 2
LA17120 or GF17120 or LA37120

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 8 x 2 Hour Lectures
Seminar 3 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  of 2,000 words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  of 2,000 words  100%

Learning Outcomes

1. Display a knowledge and understanding of the underlying rationale and methodology of this broad field of EU policy and law and the tensions that exist therein;
2. Critically evaluate and test arguments relating to the need for, and value of, an over-arching system of supra-national governance in this field and the influence exerted by EU law over UK law in this field;
3. Critically engage with and evaluate arguments relating to the role of law in mediating complex and potentially conflicting stakeholder interests ? particularly in the context of high profile food crises and politically and economically sensitive technologies such as agri-food biotechnology;
4. Locate and evaluate the relevant literature and materials in this field and use them in critical discussion of the aspects of food ecology and law studied in the module;
5. Present critical and well informed argument relating to the development and influence of European food policy and law with reference to the UK context.

Brief description

This module will provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to learn about, and gain a critical appreciation of, contemporary governance of food production and supply chains ? `from farm to table.? This module will be attractive to students who wish to develop a sound, contextualized understanding of the drivers for, and the character of, both the national and supra-national regulatory frameworks that govern food production, supply and consumption.
In broad terms, the aim of this module is to encourage students to develop a critical appreciation of how law mediates the economic, political, environmental and cultural aspects of agriculture, food processing, trade and consumption.


This module will provide students with a general grounding in EU food policy and law, encouraging them to develop a sound appreciation of the reality and rhetoric of this free-trade oriented system of governance, and the relationship between EU and UK law. Then, building upon this general grounding, the module will move on to consider the specific aspects of food law through a number of illustrative case studies. These will include current topical food quality and safety issues such as the application of so called `new technologies? to food production and processing, and the evolution of EU law governing genetically modified (GM) and `novel? foods (such as those produced using nanotechnologies). Such case studies provide an ideal vehicle for an in-depth consideration of some of the key challenges facing EU regulatory authorities seeking to negotiate a politically and economically tenable path through the minefield of the global food market.


1. The History of EU Food Law ? overview of the history, mechanics and tone of EU food policy and law and its influence over UK food law.
2. Contemporary Issues in EU Food Law ? builds upon the more general background review to examine, in more depth, the character and objectives of supra-national food law.
3. Case Studies. Case Study 1: From Salmonella to BSE ? when food kills; Case Study 2: Regulating New Technologies in Food Production and Consumption. These case studies will illustrate the negotiated character of Community food law and demonstrate the manner in which competing stakeholder interests are mediated.


This module is at CQFW Level 6