What is the role of the state in the global economy? Does it make sense to talk about national economic sovereignty?

Roberto Sensi, FLF student This blog aims to briefly discuss how the neoliberal globalization has been eroding the Nation-State economic sovereignty in the last decades and open the doors toward a global governance system. In such a scenario, does it still make sense  to talk about Nation-State economic sovereignty? Whether the answer is positive or negative, it is important to ask what would be their … Continue reading What is the role of the state in the global economy? Does it make sense to talk about national economic sovereignty?

Chefs : Big Business or Beacons of New Food Systems?

Carol Choi, FLF student   “The Gods of Food” (2013).  It wasn’t the first time Rene Redzepi, chef of then world’s best restaurant Noma, appeared on a Time magazine cover.  The subtitle, “the people who influence what (and how) you eat” captures perfectly the changing roles of a chef, now that they’ve infiltrated the spotlight.   As fewer people cook at home, they’ve come to … Continue reading Chefs : Big Business or Beacons of New Food Systems?

Subversive Markets as Weapons: from The Hunger Games to Food Sovereignty (1/6)

Carol Choi, FLF Student This entry is the first of a series of articles reflecting on the political role of food in the book series Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. The discussion is an idea of Dr Jose Luis Vivero Pol. One of the major currents running through The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the notion of food as the basis of society.  It … Continue reading Subversive Markets as Weapons: from The Hunger Games to Food Sovereignty (1/6)

Toward a right-based approach in food assistance: the case of urban food policy

Roberto Sensi, Master Food Law Finance Economic crises and austerity policies caused the increase of poverty in Italy. According to the estimation of the  Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), in 2015 the 7.6% (4.598.000) of the national population was under the absolute poverty line. Other 13.8% ( 8.307.000) of people were relative poor.  Many of these people faced problem in having a regular and … Continue reading Toward a right-based approach in food assistance: the case of urban food policy

Are Human Rights an Appropriate Tool for Food Governance?

Author: Carol Choi, FLF M.Res student As a push for countries to adopt the right to food as a human right is well underway, I find myself hesitating at the concept of human rights in international governance.  Jessica Almqvist duly notes the “scope of application” (Almqvist, 30) covered by the notion of human rights as applicable to all people.  It’s in this universality that gives … Continue reading Are Human Rights an Appropriate Tool for Food Governance?

Growing Food in Schools: tapping into children’s transformative power

Author: Lidia Mahillon, FLF Student. This Op-Ed was submitted as fulfilment of the module on Food Governance for the Master of Research in Food, Law and Finance of the IUC. There have been numerous debates in Belgium about the ‘secular ethics’ – morale laïque – and religion courses in elementary and secondary school. As in other European countries, the idea of a “citizenship course” has … Continue reading Growing Food in Schools: tapping into children’s transformative power

The West-African Caravan for land, water and seeds: a bottom up initiative by local communities to reclaim food sovereignty

Author: Lidia Mahillon, FLF Student. This article was submitted as fulfilment of the module on Food Governance for the Master of Research in Food, Law and Finance of the IUC.   As Europeans, we seldom hear of African agriculture in positive terms in mainstream media. Farmers from the sub-Saharan continent are often portrayed as either passive or lacking cohesion in their social movements – which … Continue reading The West-African Caravan for land, water and seeds: a bottom up initiative by local communities to reclaim food sovereignty

Interview with Stefano Liberti on his latest book ‘I Signori del Cibo’ (ITA)

The students of the International Master in Food, Law and Finance dialogue with Stefano Liberti, the author of the book ‘I Signori del Cibo’ where he analyses four food chains and their hidden areas: tomato paste; pork meat; soy-beans and tuna fish. In the interview, he introduces the main elements of the book and also engages with possible solutions. Continue reading Interview with Stefano Liberti on his latest book ‘I Signori del Cibo’ (ITA)

IUC Founder Ugo Mattei receives the Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of The Commons

The International University College of Turin’s Founder, Professor Ugo Mattei, is the Senior Scholar winner of the prestigious 2017 international ELINOR OSTROM AWARD ON COLLECTIVE GOVERNANCE OF THE COMMONS. The Award, created to honor and develop the legacy of Elinor Ostrom, aims to promote the work of practitioners, young and senior scholars involved in the field of the commons. According with Ostrom´ s legacy, the … Continue reading IUC Founder Ugo Mattei receives the Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of The Commons