LAW-39806 Comparative Food Law: PR China and the USA


Studiepunten 6.00

Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. MJ Plana Casado
N Bernaz-Potter
Lecturer(s)dr. MJ Plana Casado
Guest lecturers (from law firm and industry)
Examiner(s)N Bernaz-Potter
dr. MJ Plana Casado

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Any law course, preferably LAW-22806 Food Law

Continuation courses:

LAW-31806 Global Economic (Trade) Law and Risk Regulation


The objective of this course is to understand how some core issues regarding the agri-food chain are regulated in two non-European jurisdictions, the Peoples republic of China (PRC) and the United States. Both  have recently fundamentally modernized their legal infrastructure. In interesting ways their approaches differ from the EU and from each other. Both are important trade partners to the EU. Both are countries where many of our graduates seek employment. 
Law and legal systems are deeply embedded in the culture of which they form part. Similar situations can be regulated differently in different contexts. To really understand the law as it applies within a particular regulatory environment takes more than to study the rules that apply there. It is necessary to have some understanding of the cultural context and the legal system as well. 
The aim of the course is fourfold:
1) to acquire an understanding of the methodology of law as applied to China and the USA;
2) to acquire knowledge of the Chinese and USA legal systems in general;
3) to acquire knowledge of Chinese and USA regulation of the food and agricultural sectors; 
4) to acquire understanding of possible ways of regulating the most important issues in food and agriculture.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the different roles of law and regulation in the food and agricultural sectors in China and the United States, particularly regarding food safety, food labeling, food production and GMOs;
- describe the law and regulations in China and the United States that are relevant for the production, trade, export, and import of food and agricultural products;
- apply relevant law and regulations to practical issues pertaining to the food and agricultural sectors in China and the United States;
- explain the practical and legal challenges facing food and agricultural companies wishing to operate in different markets.


- participate in class lectures;
- study literature;
- participate in discussions;
- visit to law firm in Amsterdam;
- exam.


Written exam with multiple choice questions and an essay question.


Course materials provided on Brightspace.  Book: Pomeranz (J.L.), Food Law for Public Health, Oxford University Press (2016).

Keuze voor: MFSFood SafetyMScB: Spec. B - Food Law and Regulatory Affairs4WD