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The conference will be held in Room A3.15, 3rd floor, Rec A Building, Amsterdam Law School


Friday 17 November 2023

9:30 Opening Maria Weimer, Acting Director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

9:45 Keynote by Olivier De Schutter, Professor of Law, UCLouvain and SciencePo (Paris), UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, former UN Special rapporteur on the right to food.

10:30 break

10:45 Panel 1: The transformative potential of the EU Framework Law for Sustainable Food Systems

Accelerating the transition to sustainable food systems: Legislative approaches. Anastasia Alvizou, Deputy Head ‘Farm to Fork Strategy’ Unit of DG SANTE, European Commission

Towards an EU Sustainable food systems law. Isabel Paliotta, European Environmental Bureau

Systems thinking in EU law - how to save the Farm to Form Strategy. Hanna Schebesta, Wageningen University

The Role of Food Democracy in EU Governance. Sabine Weiland, Catholic University of Lille

Chair: Jan Broulík

12:15 lunch break

13:00 Panel 2: “Seeing the world of food in a new way” – Rethinking food in EU law and governance

Food De-Commodification as Sustainability. Alessandra Arcuri, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Lobbying for animals in EU law and policy. Camilla Björkbom, Eurogroup for Animals

Nature restoration for resilient food systems. Elisabet Nadeu, Institute for European Environmental Policy

Food Choice as Environmental Factor. Anniek De Ruijter, University of Amsterdam

Chair: Irthe de Jong

14:30 break

14:45 Panel 3: ‘Change from the bottom up’ – How can EU law learn from and support food democracy and local food sustainability practices?

EU law and food heritage. Floris De Witte, London School of Economics

Reimagining labour in food production: learning from and with Dutch local sustainability practices. Vladimir Bogoeski, University of Amsterdam

The role of Food Policy Networks in the sustainability transition. Arnold van der Valk, Food Council Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam

The challenges of ‘nature-inclusive’ farming in the Netherlands Hens Runhaar, Utrecht University

Chair: Wiebe Hommes

16:15 break

16:30 Roundtable ‘Sustainability futures – the role of technology in sustainable food systems’

  • Maria Weimer, University of Amsterdam
  • Sabine Weiland, Catholic University of Lille
  • Michelle Habets, Rathenau Institute
  • Michel Haring, Swammerdam Institute of Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam
  • Helene Schmutzler, IFOAM Organics Europe

18:00 End of conference. Please join us for a drinks reception.