International Food Law and Policy

Editors: Steier, Gabriela, Patel, Kiran (Eds.)

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  • Streamlined sections to make the complex field easy to understand
  • Each chapter is written by the foremost experts from around the world
  • Numerous examples and clear contextualization teach how to apply new skills to emerging legal issues presented in both an educational and a professional context
  • Edited by two American lawyers, accomplished scholars, and professors, Gabriela Steier and Kiran K. Patel, this book is carefully crafted to inspire work toward resilient food systems and scholarship to improve sustainability
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About this Textbook

International Food Law and Policy is the first interdisciplinary piece of academic literature of its kind with a comprehensive, reader-friendly approach to teaching the major aspects of food regulation, law, policy, food safety and environmental sustainability in a global context.  The sections are grouped by continents and focus on a range of cross-disciplinary subjects, such as public health, international food trade, the right to food, intellectual property and global regulatory aspects of food production. With its systematic approach, this book will be a valuable resource both for professionals working in food regulation and anyone interested in the subject. It provides a solid foundation for courses and master’s programs in environmental management, food law, policy and regulation, and sustainable development around the world.

About the authors

Gabriela Steier and Kiran K. Patel are attorneys from diverse backgrounds and focused on promoting academic excellence in the broad field of global food safety law. Steier and Patel founded Food Law International (FLI), the first interdisciplinary legal institution of its kind with a comprehensive approach to teach the intricacies of the various aspects of international food law and policy. FLI’s goal is to further interdisciplinary legal education toward a more environmentally sustainable, healthy, and ethical food production around the world.


"As I was writing a book on farm animal welfare in 2010 I was able to find ample material on law and policy for the U.S. and western Europe, but very little regarding the rest of the world. I still remain largely ignorant of animal welfare issues in developing countries, and believe a book like International Food Law and Policy is exactly what is needed. The book's multidisciplinary approach and peer reviews will ensure the book touches on all aspects of farm animal welfare, will be understandable to a broad audience, and can be referenced as a scientific publication. This could easily be one of those books that everyone researching farm animal welfare has on their bookshelf. It will certainly be on mine."

Prof. F. Bailey Norwood

Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University

Coauthor of Compassion by the Pound


“This book on International Food Law will give an accessible and auth

oritative introduction to the impact of legal instruments on food systems, and will certainly be highly recommended to policy-makers, researchers and other readers interested in the new and promising interdisciplinary field of “food studies”. It will be a must for all interested in a clear understanding of major legal instruments that regulate our complex agrifood chains. The book will give a comprehensive and updated overview of the complex set of legal instruments that impact our right to food, considering its various dimensions (social, cultural, environmental, etc) and illustrated with examples from around the world.”

Prof. Juliana Santilli Ph.D.

Public Prosecutor in the Federal District of Brazil

associate researcher in Environmental Law and Cultural Heritage Law

the University of Brasília, Center for Sustainable Development

Author of Agrobiodiversity and the Law: regulating genetic resources, food security and cu

ltural diversity.


“By synthesizing critical themes concerning food and agriculture from a global perspective, International Food Law & Policy fills an important gap in the legal curriculum.  There is no doubt that this publication will transform the academic landscape by providing professors an invaluable toolkit for equipping students with a deep topical understanding that can be practically applied to address the complex problems facing our future food supply.”

William S. Eubanks II

Meyer Glitzenstein & Cyrstal (Partner)

Vermont Law School (Professor of Law, Summer Faculty)

George Washington University School of Law (Professorial Lecturer in Law)

American University Washington College of Law (Adjunct Associate Professor of Law)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
International Food Law and Policy
  • Gabriela Steier
  • Kiran Patel
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
Hardcover ISBN
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Number of Pages
LI, 1425
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour