CONSUMER COMPARATIVE LAW AND FOOD SAFETY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course offers an overview of consumer rights in a supranational key with particular attention to food safety and environmental sustainability.
Course contents summary
The course aims to describe the subject of consumer law and food safety in the framework of Italian and supranational law with specific regard to European law. Contract and tort liability are the main institutes and are analyzed by the perspective of Italian-European sources of law. Some specialized insights will be dedicated to the study of the relationship between ‘consumer's rights’ and ‘food’ as well as the implications of the relationship itself from the point of view of ‘sustainability’. The main normative references will be examined and among them the European regulation 2015/2283 on "novel foods" which came into force from 1 January 2018.
I) Italian law, European law and circulation of legal models. II) Profiles of European contract law and tort liability. III) Food security and the protection of collective interests. IV) Punitive Damages. V) The Community law sources: harmonization directives and the role of the Court of Justice. VI) Consumer protection in Italy, in Europe and in the global market. VII) The sale of consumer goods in Italy, Spain, France and Germany. VIII) Comparative food law. Types of responsibility and regulation. IX) Safety, quality, information of food products. X) Slow food and environmental sustainability. XI) Protection of sustainable consumption in Europe. XII) Novel foods, entomophagy and consumer rights.
STUDENTS WHO CONSTANTLY ATTEND CLASSES:
The teacher will make available law materials to study attending the topics covered in the course.
STUDENTS WHO DON'T ATTEND CLASSES:
1) G. Benacchio, Diritto privato dell'Unione Europea, Kluwer-Cedam, 2016, capitoli 1, 3, 8 e 9
2) M. Ferrari - U. Izzo, Diritto alimentare comparato, Mulino, 2012, capitoli 2, 3, 4 e 8.
A) Lectures with insights and exercises. B) Case law and analysis of Italian and foreign jurisprudence. C) Improvement of the autonomy of judgment: the students will be stimulated to
identify the solutions of the cases presented during the
lessons. D) Incentive use and mastery of the legal language.
Assessment methods and criteria