Food Sovereignty – An Appropriate Approach to Ensure the Right to Food?

Food Sovereignty – An Appropriate Approach to Ensure the Right to Food? Nordic Journal of International Law 78 (2009) 263–292 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI 10.1163/090273509X12448190941048 brill.nl/nord NORDIC JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW Food Sovereignty – An Appropriate Approach to Ensure the Right to Food? Hans Morten Haugen * Associate Professor, Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo e-mail: haugen@diakonhjemmet.no Abstract Th e article reviews the food sovereignty concept, comparing it with the legally recognised human right to food. It is found that there are certain elements of Article 11(2) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which have not been properly emphasised in the context of food trade and new technologies in food production. Th e article argues in favour of strengthening the right to food approach when faced with these challenges. While acknowledging the mobilising potential that the concept food sovereignty has among civil society actors, it is nev- ertheless argued that the right to food is both more precise, has stronger support among states, and is on a much higher level with regard to legally binding obligations compared to the food sover- eignty concept. Keywords right to food, food sovereignty, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, World Trade Organization(WTO), food trade, intellectual property rights http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nordic Journal of International Law Brill

Food Sovereignty – An Appropriate Approach to Ensure the Right to Food?

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Brill
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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0902-7351
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1571-8107
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10.1163/090273509X12448190941048
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Nordic Journal of International Law 78 (2009) 263–292 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI 10.1163/090273509X12448190941048 brill.nl/nord NORDIC JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW Food Sovereignty – An Appropriate Approach to Ensure the Right to Food? Hans Morten Haugen * Associate Professor, Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo e-mail: haugen@diakonhjemmet.no Abstract Th e article reviews the food sovereignty concept, comparing it with the legally recognised human right to food. It is found that there are certain elements of Article 11(2) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which have not been properly emphasised in the context of food trade and new technologies in food production. Th e article argues in favour of strengthening the right to food approach when faced with these challenges. While acknowledging the mobilising potential that the concept food sovereignty has among civil society actors, it is nev- ertheless argued that the right to food is both more precise, has stronger support among states, and is on a much higher level with regard to legally binding obligations compared to the food sover- eignty concept. Keywords right to food, food sovereignty, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, World Trade Organization(WTO), food trade, intellectual property rights

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Nordic Journal of International LawBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: FOOD TRADE; INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS; SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS; FOOD SOVEREIGNTY; INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON ECONOMIC; RIGHT TO FOOD; WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION(WTO)

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