Home » Articles » The Role of International Agreements in Achieving Food Security: How Many Lawyers Does It Take to Feed a Village?

The Role of International Agreements in Achieving Food Security: How Many Lawyers Does It Take to Feed a Village?

PDF · Jack A. Bobo · Aug-10-2012 · 40 VAND. J. TRANSNAT'L L. 937 (2007)

This Article discusses how international agreements impact the ability of science and technology to enhance food security.  International agreements, domestic laws, and regulations have the power to promote scientific research and the adoption of new technology through effective, efficient, and predictable science-based regulatory systems, or to impede development and adoption of new technology by miring it in burdensome or unnecessary regulations.  This Article examines the disparate impacts of international agreements on food security through a case study of agricultural biotechnology.  In particular, the Article looks at the principles and guidelines for risk assessment developed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity.  The Article concludes that agreements related to biosafety and sustainable development may have impacts beyond their stated objectives that can negatively impact efforts to achieve food security.  By ensuring that a wider range of interests are considered in the development of these agreements, the final agreements will better reflect the economic and social realities of all the parties.




Leave a Reply

ExpressO Top 10 Law Review

ANNOUNCEMENTS

May 2018 Issue on the Second Israel Defense Forces International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict. Read more about the Journal’s May 2018 issue here.

The Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law is proud to celebrate 50 years. Read about the Journal’s history here.

Connect with the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law on LinkedIn.

The Journal is pleased to listed as the #6 International Law Journal by the 2017 Washington and Lee Law Journal Rankings.

The Journal is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Board of Editors: here

The Journal is very excited about the success of our February 2017 Symposium, “Sovereign Conduct on the Margins of the Law.” Read more about our February 2017 Symposium here

Please join us in congratulating the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 2017-2018 Write-On Competition Winners.

Video is available from the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law’s 2015-2016 SymposiumThis is Not a Drill: Confronting Legal Issues in the Wake of International Disasters. Watch here.

Explore Other Vanderbilt Law Resources