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Course Overview

This course explores the diversity of laws and policies that shape our food system. It considers crucial legal issues applicable to the access, production, processing, packaging, marketing, consumption and disposal of food such as food sovereignty, food security, right to food, intellectual property rights relating to food, food safety, food waste as well as the food -water -energy- land nexus. The course, delivered through seminars, encourages debates, critical thinking and formulation of opinions on the complex and often controversial issues covered. Seasoned guest speakers are invited to enrich the student’s knowledge and experience. Whilst the course focuses on the international and UK systems, relevant examples from other jurisdictions are employed.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Titilayo Adebola

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Law (LS)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

With the global population predicted to increase to over nine billion by 2050, ‘food’ is one of the hotly debated topics. This course provides a law in context interrogation of our food system. It covers complex and often controversial legal issues ranging from food sovereignty, food security, right to food, intellectual property rights relating to food, food safety and food waste to the food -water -energy- land nexus. The course equips students with the requisite knowledge and skills to take on roles that address the myriad challenges in our food system.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 39

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

Poster 40%

Policy brief 60%


Resit: resubmission of failed elements

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionCreateBy the end of the course, in line with the topics covered, students are expected to have: 1. Developed and demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the legal issues around food systems 2. Developed

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