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Summer - International Law of Food
Parma, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer Term 1
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Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader
Minimum Language Requirement: None
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BC Department: International Studies, Law Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: IS major/minor elective, Law elective, Political Science elective
Number of Credits: 3 Course Number: INTL 2253, LAWS 5253
Program Description:
Program Description:
The Program

This course, one of the few if not the only in the world to address this critical subject matter, identifies and analyzes contemporary international legal and policy issues related to food including supply, safety, security, subsidies, and trade.

Students will master legal and structural analytical tools for addressing these increasingly important challenges of concern to all global citize
ns, including in particular undergraduates potentially interested in attending law school seeking an introduction to legal method. Field trips include visits to the European Food Safety Authority and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. The course stresses the development of skills to enable students effectively to grapple with new and emerging issues in this ever-changing and expanding field.
Parma Countryside

Program Dates

Arrival in Parma: Monday, May 21, 2018

Departure from Parma: Friday, June 15, 2018

Faculty Leader

David A. Wirth, J.D.


As the numerous issues connected with food have become ever more international, there has been a commensurate need for the adoption of rules and the creation of institutional infrastructure to govern interactions between governments, to regulate the behavior of food suppliers, and to protect public health and safety. This course examines those issues on the international level through the lens of law and governance.

There are no prerequisites, and no prior familiarity with either public international law or domestic regulatory law is assumed in this seminar-style course. Basic principles in both areas will be elaborated by the instructor as necessary to facilitate discussion, and every component is designed to include all background necessary to a complete understanding of the material.

Much of the course addresses basic analytical skills associated with the study of the law governing the relations between states, and to that extent provides an introduction to international law. The course also provides an introduction to some substantive areas of international law, such as trade and human rights, as well as exposure to international institutions such as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Trade Organization. It is also designed to familiarize students with working with the texts of primary legal materials, such as treaties, statutes, and regulations.

The course, taught by a law professor with extensive experience in instruction of non-law students, may be of particular interest to those considering law school as a user-friendly introduction to legal method. It should also cover material of interest to those studying social sciences, including international relations, political science, and sociology, as well as to generalists.

Draft syllabus: 
Parma International Law of Food summer 18 syllabus.pdf


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508) 
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($2,800)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to the program location and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in a hotel during their stay in Parma. Some meals will be provided.  

Cultural Activities

Parma HamCourse related excursions: European Food Safety Authority (Parma), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (Rome), World Food Program (Rome)

Cultural activities: Tour of city and Parma’s main monuments; Wine tour of Castell’Arquato Vineyard; Visit to 
Academia Barilla (Italian Food Academy); Visit to ALMA (international school of Italian cuisine); Tour of Parma ham facility; Tour of cheese factory.

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Parma. Airport transportation will be available from Malpensa Airport in Milan to Parma during the day on Sunday, May 20. 

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process visit the OIP website.


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues

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