[The] Legal and Political Economy of Hunger (20534). 2 units. The objectives of the course are to understand how governments have sought to combat hunger and malnutrition and to address the crisis of obesity and ill-health by reforming food systems ; why they have so dramatically failed ; and how law and governance are relevant to what can be done about this. We will discuss a range of topics linked in particular to the impact of globalization on the right to food, including international trade, investment in agriculture, the role of transnational corporations in the agrifood sector, and intellectual property rights in agriculture. We will also address the threat of climate change to food security and the debate on the shift to sustainable agriculture, as well as the role of institutional mechanisms aimed at protecting the right to adequate food and the recent reform of global governance of food security. While the focus will be on hunger and undernourishment in developing countries, the seminar will also address the impact on the South of policies in the North (in the areas of agriculture, intellectual property rights, trade and investment, and food aid); and it will address the challenges of food-systems reform in rich countries. Paper required. Enrollment limited to twenty-five. O. De Schutter.
Note: Attendance at the first class is required. Additional classes will be held on three successive weeks in November to make up for those classes that cannot be held September 19 through October 9.