The Fourth Annual Postgraduate Workshop

Transnational Regulation of Food Safety and Quality
Issues of Harmonisation, Diversity and Legitimacy

4- 5 December 2009

A Ph.D workshop addressing the transnational regulation of food safety and quality took place in Roebuck Castle from on the 4th and 5th of December 2009. The workshop was organised by the School of Law’s Ph.D community with the support of the School of Law, the UCD Institute of Food and Health and the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law (HiiL). The objective of the event was to bring together doctoral researchers working in this important field of transnational regulation to share their work and develop a network with a view to synergic cooperation going forward. The event also highlights the central role which law and regulation studies have in the overall food research agenda being prioritised by UCD.


The workshop was officially opened by Dr. Patrick Wall, former Chairperson of the European Food Safety Authority who gave a detailed overview of the political, social, economic and behaviourial factors which influence food policy in Europe. Dr. Wall stressed the vital importance of multidisciplinary collaboration to ensure effective, efficient and balanced food safety policy in Europe and also emphasised the vital role played by food lawyers in this process. They opening address was followed a welcome reception in the board room of Roebuck Castle.


The presentation and discussion of the 10 academic papers took place on Saturday 5th of December. The first panel, chaired by Dublin-based food lawyer Maree Gallagher, was composed of four papers which addressed: the division of competences in European food safety risk analysis; the role of non-scientific factors in European food regulation; the role of expertise in EU food crisis management and; issues of food labelling fairness. International food and trade law expert Dr. Caoimhin McMaolain (TCD) acted as discussant for the panel. 


The final panel examined the private governance in food safety and quality. This panel was organised in conjunction with HiiL. The papers were addressed: the private regulatory regime for wine; private regulation of Thai food imports in the EU and; the dynamics of private food regulation in the context of global governance.  Prof. Peer Zumbansen and Prof. Colin Scott provided feedback on the papers and placed the research in the context of emerging work on transnational private regulation.

The day ended with a roundtable discussion facilitated by James Lawless and Donal Casey.

A full programme for this event can be downloaded here.