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Global Food Security and Social Justice



2016 Fall-1 DL

About This Class

This course addresses the legal landscape of global hunger, and the ways in which climate change, population growth and economic inequality intersect with food security law and policy challenges. First, we’ll address how “food security” and “hunger” are defined and measured for policy-making purposes. Then, we’ll explore international legal frameworks supporting food security and comparative domestic legal frameworks impacting food security, including Constitutional food rights, agriculture subsidies and tariffs, and public food and nutrition assistance programs. Next, the course examines the ownership of the food supply, including transnational corporations’ impact on the food system, commodities markets’ impact on global food prices, intellectual property rights with respect to biotechnology/GMO, and the role and impact of the WTO in moderating trade. Finally, we’ll address structural legal shortcomings of our international food aid system. Throughout the course, we’ll examine how climate change, population growth and economic inequality complicate the relevant food security topics.
This class is approved for JD credit.

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