LAW-55306 Food, Nutrition and Human Rights


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper1
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)N Bernaz-Potter
Lecturer(s)dr. A Herwig
dr. ir. O Hospes
N Bernaz-Potter
Examiner(s)dr. ir. O Hospes
N Bernaz-Potter

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Worldwide 1 billion people are chronically malnourished, including some 37 million people in developed countries. The human right to adequate food has been formally recognized in 1966, in Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The point of focus of this course is to discuss human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective and in relation to nutrition related issues. In this course, illustrative examples from selected countries and case studies will play a crucial role in acquiring knowledge and understanding and developing abilities for using human rights concepts.
The course aims to:
- contribute a fundamental understanding of the relationship between food, nutrition and human rights among professionals working in the field as well as beta- and gamma students with for instance a Social Sciences, Human Nutrition, or Food Technology background;
- provide participants aspiring to and professionals working in food and nutrition security and interested in a human rights-based approach with the knowledge, abilities and motivation, to strengthen, design and implement programmes and interventions using a human rights-based approach;
- contribute to an interdisciplinary dialogue on the right to food and eventually create a new generation of specialists working with the right to food.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- analyse a wide variety of situations including those related to hunger and malnutrition on the basis of a fundamental understanding of human rights and the right to food in particular;
- analyse international human rights law on the basis of an understanding of obstacles for realization of human rights and the right to food in particular and insights into changing roles and practices of state and non-state actors in a globalizing world;
- design human rights-based policies, programs and interventions directed among others at food and nutrition security;
- recognize how different players find facts relevant to human rights analysis;
- submit well described situations to human rights analysis;
- design research focusing on human rights related issues.


- classroom lectures;
- group discussion in tutorials;
- written assignments.


Written assignments: Analysis of a report (45%), proposal for new report (45%) and questions to the guest speaker (10%).


Course guide. Various articles, reports and cases posted on blackboard.

Verplicht voor: WUFFHBSc Minor Freedom from Hunger2MO