International Agricultural Law and Policy


International Agricultural Law and Policy

A Rights-Based Approach to Food Security

9781786439444 Edward Elgar Publishing
Hope Johnson, Lecturer, International Law and Global Governance Research Program, School of Law, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Publication Date: 2018 ISBN: 978 1 78643 944 4 Extent: 368 pp
Globalised agriculture and food systems are at the crux of significant issues facing humanity from the rise in diet-related diseases to water pollution and biodiversity loss. Yet, legal scholarship on the regulation of agriculture and food is only now emerging. This timely book provides the first systematic analysis of the public international rules influencing agriculture. Each chapter considers the regulatory instruments that intersect with different components of agricultural systems from land tenure and soils through to agricultural in-puts and trade.

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From soil degradation and biodiversity loss to the coexistence of malnutrition and obesity, many of the largest challenges facing humanity today are underpinned by food and agriculture systems. In order to alleviate and resolve them, global governance of food and agriculture needs to be reformed. Unravelling the array of international regulatory instruments, this timely book provides the first systematic analysis of the international law surrounding food systems.

International Agricultural Law and Policy provides a systems-based analysis of the rules that intersect with the physical elements of agriculture against a framework of commonly held norms. The author conducts a comprehensive examination not only of the rules, but also the implementation and broader socioeconomic, scientific and political context. By, exploring and clarifying the relationship between food security and the right to food and sustainability, Johnson closes the gap between the disparate international rules that govern food and agriculture, while exploring the practical implications of these overlapping regimes.

This unique book is an invaluable resource for lawyers and social scientists working within food and agriculture systems and their governance and lays the much-needed groundwork for future research. For policy makers in the food and agricultural space, this book provides a wide-ranging and innovative analysis of the global regulatory landscape that influences law and policy processes.
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‘This book gives a wide-ranging view of recent agricultural challenges in the agricultural law arena. The book is insightful and worth reading for legal and non-legal members of government, academia, and professionals who either work or are interested in agricultural study.’
– Eva Johan, Asian Journal of International Law

‘Given the important need to consider the future for food security and agriculture globally, Hope Johnson’s book should be considered a valuable contribution to the subject matter.’
– Andrew Chalet, Law Institute Journal

‘To understand how international law helps or hinders food security, a systemic account of the existing fragmented laws and institutions is needed, which should include at the very least trade, investment, environment, human rights and climate agreements. Hope Johnson does this and more, using a policy-oriented approach that places agriculture at the centre. The result is a compelling case for a broader inclusion of the subjects and objects of international regulation, and an enhanced participation of food insecure groups and countries.’
– Margaret Young, University of Melbourne, Australia
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. A human rights-based approach to regulating food systems for food security 3. Land 4. Soils 5. Water 6. Seeds 7. Pesticides 8. World Trade 9. Conclusion and recommendations Index

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