LAW-30806 Food Law


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
More days excursion16
Individual Paper
Learning supported by IT4
Literature study
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. mr. BMJ van der Meulen
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. mr. BMJ van der Meulen
A Szajkowska
mr. M van der Velde
dr. mr. HJ Bremmers
dr. MP Poto
dr. I Hadiprayitno
Examiner(s)prof. dr. mr. BMJ van der Meulen
dr. mr. HJ Bremmers
mr. M van der Velde
dr. MP Poto
dr. I Hadiprayitno

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

All the necessary information on Law and governance will be provided in the course. However it is useful if one or more of the following courses have been taken.
- Law, Policy and Governance (LAW-10306);
- Legal Regulation and Management of Production Chains (LAW-12306);
- Food Quality Management (PDQ-20306).

Continuation courses:

- Food Safety Management (FHM-61312);
- Globalisation and Governance (LAW-30306);
- Internship Food quality Management ;
- Internship International Policy and Administration (LAW-70924/-70939);
- Internship Law and Governance (LAW-70424/-70439).


Regulation of food safety has become a major concern of governments, businesses and consumers alike. To address these concerns, food standards are increasingly being developed and applied at national, European and global levels. These standards deal with issues such as food safety, food quality, consumer protection and consumer information. They may be part of food safety regulation as such but also be part of international trade regulation.
The course is about the structure and content of food law in the European Union and its relationships with national and global food legislation. A central part of the course is about the new architecture of the body of food law on the basis of the principles set forth in the new General Food Law. Special topics are food hygiene and safety, novel foods (including GM foods), labelling, traceability, intellectual property rights, enforcement of food law, the role of WTO, FAO, WHO and Codex Alimentarius at the global level of food law and the interrelationship between the global level and the European level of food law.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this course a student:
- is able to describe the multi-layered structure of food law and the role of different players involved at national, European and international level;
- knows the relationship between the aims of the players in the field of food law and the content of the law;
- knows the content and functioning of the core area of European food law;
- understands how law affects food safety and the position of interested parties;
- is able to find the relevant sources of European food law in a given case;
- is able to formulate a legal problem statement, and to conduct reasoning and analysis of food related cases.


Depending on the number of paricipating students: lectures, working groups, presentations, discussions. Excursion to food law relevant institutions (WTO, WHO) in Geneva.


To be decided.


Book and reader.

Compulsory for: MFSFood SafetyMSc2MO
MFQFood Quality ManagementMSc2MO