Food Law


About this course

Food Law (LAW22806) is an introduction to the technical food laws in the EU. The course teaches how to find, understand and predict EU food law, and how to navigate the legal requirements from a practical perspective.
After following the course, participants know what the EU food law requirements on food safety, quality, technology and information matters are, how to apply them, and how to anticipate future food regulatory developments.
They are able to use the law and solve practical cases, for instance about how to authorise a novel food product, how to use health claims on products, or how to provide attractive food information on packaging within the legal limits.
The course is designed for participants without prior legal background.

The course covers the following topics:

  • genesis of EU food law and its future (2020 Farm to Fork Strategy by the European Commission);
  • food Law Research Training;
  • general Food Law Regulation (food law principles, European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA), food safety, risk assessment, communication and management);
  • food Technology Law (Novel food, GMO food, Food Improvement Agents);
  • food Safety Law (traceability & hygiene, MRLs, pesticides, and contaminants in foods, Food Contact Materials);
  • food Information Law (consumer protection, food information and product labeling, nutrition labelling & health claims, public and private labelling schemes);
  • food Quality Law (product quality standards, organic food, food quality schemes, foods for specific groups).

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • explain how food products are regulated;
  • identify and analyse food law requirements;
  • research food law using the relevant legal databases and information sources;
  • deploy legal reasoning;
  • solve real-life legal problems (‘cases’) in the food domain.

Required prior knowledge

Assumed Knowledge:
Prior legal background is not a prerequisite for participation in this course, although it is, of course, welcome.

Link to more information

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  • Start date

    28 October 2024

    • Ends
      20 December 2024
    • Term *
      Period 2
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      1 Jun, 00:00 - 29 Sept 2024
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