Food Governance Conference

3 July 2019

Sydney Law School and the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre will host the second Food Governance Conference in 2019.

Opening public oration: Hilal Elver, UN Rapporteur on the Right to Food. 

Everybody eats; it is the key to our survival, but food also has the potential to compromise health. The global food system is challenged by issues of drought, climate change, trade, malnutrition, and exploited workers. Population growth and the forces of marketization have further compromised the ability of the food system to deliver safe, nutritious and sustainable food to the world's population.

The 2019 Food Governance Conference will explore how law, policy, and regulation address food system challenges or contribute to them at local, national, regional, and global levels. This includes issues such as food security, food safety, food sustainability, equity and social justice in global food systems, and nutrition: under/malnutrition, obesity, and noncommunicable disease.

While food-specific law and regulation will be a key focus of the Food Governance Conference, it will consider how broader legislative and policy regimes impede or facilitate access to a nutritious, equitable, and sustainable food supply, including economic, trade, and intellectual property regimes.

The conference takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach, in the hope of highlighting the interrelationships between the main challenges facing the global food system in the 21st century, and to create new opportunities for collaboration between researchers, policymakers and practitioners in the related fields of food safety, security, and sustainability, and diet-related health.

Keynote speakers
Professor Hilal Elver - UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Professor Amandine Garde – Director, Law and NCD Unit, University of Liverpool
Dr Juan A Rivera – General Director of the National Public Health Institute of Mexico

Key dates
  • Abstract submission opens: 11 September 2018
  • Abstract submission closes: 22 February 2019
  • Notification to authors: 29 March 2019
  • Early bird registration closes: 3 May 2019
  • Closed workshops: 3 July 2019 (expressions of interest will be sought for running a workshop)
  • Opening public oration: 3 July 2019, 6-7.30pm
  • Main days of the conference: 4 July–5 July 2019

Submit your abstract
We invite abstracts reporting research on the following themes, keeping in mind the conference's focus on law, policy and regulation:
  • food security
  • food safety
  • food sustainability
  • equity and social justice in global food systems
  • the impact of science and new technologies on the food supply
  • the global food trade and national economies
  • nutrition: under/malnutrition, obesity and chronic disease.

Abstract submissions close on 22 February 2019. Submit your abstracts here

For more information about the conference visit this page. 

Event details

Food Governance Conference

Law School Foyer
Sydney Law School (F10)
Eastern Avenue
(next to Fisher library, either University Ave or City Rd Entrance)
The University of Sydney 
NSW 2006
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3 July 2019

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