The Agricultural Law Section is a newly formed Section for those interested in any area of the ever-evolving area of agricultural law. Agriculture law covers a comprehensive and dynamic legal practice area, in particular relating to (i) agriculture land usage, ownership and farmer’s rights (ii) seed law, plant variety law, biotechnology / GMO law and (iii) food trade, food safety and food liability.
Agriculture law covers a comprehensive and dynamic legal practice area, in particular relating to (i) agriculture land usage, ownership and farmer’s rights (ii) seed law, plant variety law, biotechnology / GMO law and (iii) food trade, food safety and food liability.
Modern agriculture has also a widespread importance to society and international trade.
The conference provides a unique opportunity to discuss current legal issues in agriculture, find solutions to current problems, form the ability to defend rights in the agricultural business and, of course, share experience.
Although 38 per cent of the world’s population live within a narrow fringe of coastal land, it occupies only 7.6 per cent of the Earth’s total land surface (UN Environment Programme 2006). These populations largely depend on coastal resources for their livelihoods.
The United Kingdom depends significantly on agricultural imports to meet domestic food demand importing more than 40 per cent of its total food requirements. Demand is expected to increase steadily in future due to anticipated population growth.
Emerging tools enabled by nanotechnology, synthetic biology, and other innovative technologies are today increasingly supplementing the ploughs and tractors so emblematic of the agricultural community of the past. These precision farming tools are ensuring a sustainable food supply otherwise threatened by climate change and population growth, among other global challenges, while diminishing worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
The food supply chain is still strong and is not suffering from contraction so far. We have also been informed of a strong increase in orders of food products (both commodities and processed goods) during the Covid-19 crisis.
Apr 03, 2020
UN Food and Agriculture Organization
The IBA’s Agricultural Law Section (ALS) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have built a strong relationship over the past few years, collaborating on topics of mutual interest. Following successful joint sessions at the IBA Annual Conferences in Sydney (2017) and Rome (2018), the two bodies signed a Letter of Agreement at the IBA Annual Conference in Seoul on 24 September 2019, formalising and strengthening this collaboration.
The Development Law Service of the FAO has issued law and policy briefs that can assist countries in their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The briefs include legal considerations in the context of Covid-19 responses to mitigate the risk of food insecurity, the risk of disruptions to fisheries and aquaculture food systems as well as legal mechanisms to contribute to safe and secured food supply chains. The law and policy briefs can be accessed on the FAO’s website.
The Section looks forward to working with the FAO on activities such as legal research and capacity development projects aimed at strengthening developing countries’ and their legal professionals’ knowledge and capacities in areas including food security and nutrition, rural poverty eradication, sustainable agriculture production, climate change mitigation and adaptation and conservation and sustainable utilisation of natural resources. Through its Development Law Service, FAO will actively contribute to the activities of the ALS, although it may not be a formal member, given its neutral and impartial status. The IBA will be invited to participate as an observer at the FAO Committee on Food Security and other important FAO Governing Body Sessions.
Pic: Representatives from the IBA and the FAO at the signing of the Agreement
Subcommittees and other groups
The Agricultural Law Section also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.