Food Governance Conference

1 November 2016 to 3 November 2016

Food Governance: The Role of Law, Regulation, and Policy in Meeting 21st Century Challenges to the Food Supply

Food is fundamental to human existence, and plays an important role in social, economic, and cultural life. Yet population growth, climate change, and marketization challenge the ability of the global food system to deliver safe, adequate, nutritious, and sustainable food to the world's population.

Co-hosted by Sydney Law School and the Charles Perkins Centre, Food Governance explores the role of law, regulation, and policy in promoting food security and safety, as well as in improving nutrition and preventing obesity and non-communicable diseases.

While food-specific law and regulation are a key focus of Food Governance, the conference will consider how other legislative and policy regimes impede or facilitate access to a nutritious, equitable, and sustainable food supply, including economic, trade, and intellectual property regimes. The conference will engage with issues around food system governance at local, national, regional, and global levels.

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Opening Night Public Oration (free)1 November 
Conference 2-3 November


Tuesday 1 November, 6.00-7.30pm
What are the three biggest challenges facing the food system - and how do we fix them?

Keynote speaker: Professor Corinna Hawkes (City University London)
Professor Hawkes is the Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City University London. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report, an international report tracking progress in malnutrition in all its forms across the globe. Corinna has worked internationally for over 15 years analysing and promoting food system and food policy solutions for better nutrition, healthier eating and improved public health. She has been active in research, advocacy, and in advising governments and international agencies. Corinna has worked at the World Health Organization, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the School of Public Health at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and World Cancer Research Fund International. At IFPRI between 2004 and 2007 she led a global research program on diet change and food policy and helped establish the agriculture and health program of the CGIAR. As Head of Policy and Public Affairs at World Cancer Research Fund International between 2012 and 2015, she established the NOURISHING Framework and directed a program encouraging governments to adopt policies to promote healthier eating to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases. Corinna is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) and sits on the Lancet Commission on Obesity.

Charles Perkins Centre
Building D17
Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road)
The University of Sydney, Camperdown

Complimentary, however registration is essential.



Wednesday 2 - Thursday 3 November
Conference fees (GST inclusive)
Full fee: $150
Sydney Law School alumni/students: $100
Day rates: $80 per day


Sydney Law School
New Law Building (F10)
Eastern Ave
University of Sydney, Camperdown




The George Institute
The George Institute


Cancer Research Network
Cancer Research Network

Location: Conference: Sydney Law School; Opening keynote: Charles Perkins Centre

Cost: See above

Contact: Professional Learning and Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0248

Email: 0e3312491d4f14091c1625340c1036103e464e233e5a4e0c