1st Edition

Law and Food Regulatory Recipes of Culinary Issues

Edited By Salvatore Mancuso Copyright 2021
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book presents a range of insights on the relationship between food and law.

    Over time, religions have multiplied food prohibitions and prescriptions, customs have redistributed land, shared its occupancy in creative ways, or favoured communal property so that everyone could have access to food. In turn, laws have multiplied to facilitate food trade, security, safety, traceability, and also to promote and protect food and wine production, using trademarks and geographical denominations. This volume brings a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to examine some of the most heavily debated issues in the interaction between food, in all forms, and the law. Topics covered include food security, food safety, food quality, intellectual property, and consumer protection. As well as highlighting current issues, the work also points to new challenges in this field.

    The book will be a valuable resource for researchers and policy-makers working in the area of Food Law and Comparative Law.


    Chapter 1. Introduction, Antonello Miranda

    Part I: Law and food

    Chapter 2. Feasting on the Legal Regulation of Food: An Ever More Abundant Banquet over the Centuries, Donald Buckingham

    Chapter 3. The "Law of Necessity" in the Relationship between Man and Food, Gianmatteo Sabatino and Carmelina Maio

    Chapter 4. The right to food and the implementation strategies, Federica Girinelli

    Chapter 5. The Sugar Tax Dilemma: A Comparative Analysis of the Newly Introduced Sugar Tax legislation in South Africa in relation to Developing Countries as well as the Subsequent Impact on the Right to Food, Nasholan Chetty

    Part II: Law and wine

    Chapter 6. Wine Certifications and Geographic Indicators: The Non-Certifying Function of American Viticultural Areas, John M. Church

    Chapter 7. The crime of consumption of alcoholic beverages in the Somali penal code, Salvatore Mancuso

    Part III: Intellectual property and food

    Chapter 8. Protecting Recipes?, Andrea Borroni

    Chapter 9. Don’t Steal my Recipe! A Comparative Study of French and U.S. law on the Protection of Culinary Recipes and Dishes against Copying, Claire M. Germain

    Chapter 10. Beyond conventional intellectual property protection: food as traditional knowledge, Giovanna Carugno

    Part IV: Food quality

    Chapter 11. The second slice of the cake. Liability for defective food products between tradition and innovation, Andrea D’Alessio

    Chapter 12. Signs of Quality and Food Protected Designation of Origin, Lucia Di Costanzo


    Salvatore Mancuso was born in Palermo (Italy) on 26 October 1963. He got his Bachelor of Law at the University of Palermo (Italy) and has obtained its Ph.D. in Comparative Law at the University of Trieste (Italy) with specialization on African law. He is a Professor of Comparative Law and Legal Anthropology at the University of Palermo, Italy, and Honorary Professor of African Law at the Centre for African Laws and Society of Xiangtan University, China. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago, John Felice Rome Center, Italy, and a Visitng Professor at the Somali National University, Mogadishu, Somalia.

    He has been the Chair, Centre for Comparative Law in Africa, University of Cape town, Professor of Comparative Law and Legal Anthropology at the University of Macau, Adjunct Professor at the University of Trieste, Visiting Professor at the Universities of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), Limoges, Réunion and Lisbon, and has given lectures, among the others, at the Universities of Milan, Turin, Trento, and Salerno (Italy), Asmara (Eritrea), Bissau (Guinea-Bissau) , Hargeisa (Somalia), Omar Bongo (Gabon), Ghana – Legon in Accra (Ghana), Mauritius, Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo (Mozambique), Instituto Superior de Ciências Jurídicas e Sociais (Cape Verde), National Taipei University in Taiwan, China University of Political Sciences and law in Beijing, and East China University of Political Sciences and law in Shanghai (P.R. of China).

    He has published and edited some books and several articles on Comparative and African Law. He is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, and Vice President (Events) of the Juris Diversitas group. He is co-coordinator of the TWG on Rule of Law & Justice Reform at the World Bank GFLJD. He is a member of the editorial board of several law journals focused on comparative law and African law.