IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C3.4, Convention Centre, Level 3

Session information

Agricultural supply chains in Southeast Asia: legal considerations from ‘farm to the fork’

Tuesday 10 October (1430 - 1730)

Room C3.4, Convention Centre, Level 3


International Commerce and Distribution Committee (Lead)
International Trade and Customs Law Committee
Product Law and Advertising Committee


The agriculture and food industry is one of the most important economic sectors in Southeast Asia, accounting for up to 48 per cent of the gross domestic product. Market liberalisation, market-driven policy, energy and food price fluctuations, modernisation of retail and the increasing demand for fresh, high-quality food are critical considerations for all market participants. The legal dimension and commercial implications of food standards, domestic regulations and good practices, as well as import restrictions are some of the main challenges affecting the trade flow of food and agricultural goods. Companies in the region must cope with legal issues arising throughout the supply chain – from producers through distributors to retail outlets – which have become increasingly complex. Our panels of experts from international institutions, in-house counsel from agri-food businesses, private practitioners and academic legal circles will share their knowledge and discuss with the audience the key issues relevant to all parties involved in bringing food products from Asia to tables around the world. These include: • the opportunities and challenges presented by regional and bilateral trade agreements on supply chains that snake through multiple Asia Pacific jurisdictions; • the practical and legal aspects of food standards and traceability in transnational supply agreements; • potential litigation risks and import restrictions in the United States and elsewhere arising from the use of forced labour and other human rights abuses, and what companies can do to protect themselves from that liability; • strategies to protect companies from the consequences of handling non-compliant, fraudulent, tainted or unsafe food products; and • protecting companies and clients from risks associated with transport, logistics and shipping delays.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Jan Holthuis Buren NV, The Hague, Netherlands
Sönke Lund ÉCIJA, Barcelona, Spain; Programme Co-Officer, Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee
Sarah Roller J.D. null, Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Publications Officer, Product Law and Advertising Committee


Sabrina Acloque Cambridge Human Rights Commission, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Valerie Johnston Food and Agricultural Organization of UN, Rome, Italy
Cain Sibley Clayton Utz, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Andrew Wiseman Allens, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia