New EIEL Guest Lecture: Sabrina Brizioli on Greening Agri-Food Systems Through Codes of Conduct and Environmental Product Declarations

We are proud to announce the first EIEL guest lecture of the 2021/2022 academic year, which will take place on 15 September 2021 at 14.00 CEST. For the lecture, which will be live-streamed online through YouTube Live, we will welcome Dr Sabrina Brizioli, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Law of the University of Perugia, Italy.

Her lecture will explore the role of Environmental Codes of Conduct and Environmental Product Declarations, which are increasingly used in the agri-food sector to enhance both business-to-business and business-to-consumer communication, and whose aim is to record the environmental impacts and performance of products, in achieving the objective of sustainable agri-food systems in both the European Union and at the international level.

The lecture will follow the perspective of some relevant international and EU environmental instruments, i.e. the Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals, the European Green Deal and its “From Farm to Fork” strategy, the Common Agricultural Policy and its eco-schemes. Moreover, it will scrutinise the commitment of local and regional entities to develop sustainable food policies and renew their strategies in order to put the food and farming at the heart of environmental matters and health emergencies as recently highlighted by the Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration and the preparatory documents for COP26.

Dr Brizioli will articulate international environmental law issues into a regional dimension and discuss whether the improvement of sustainability of food processing, as requested by the global response to climate and biodiversity emergency, could effectively reduce the environmental footprint of agri-food systems, drive positive changes and ensure resilience to shocks at local and rural levels. Such an approach underlines that actions should be aligned vertically (between different levels of governance) and horizontally (across economic sectors and stakeholders) to accelerate an integrated/just transition to sustainable food systems.

Sabrizina Brizioli holds a Ph.D (cum laude) in Legal Sciences (2020) and a five-year law degree (cum laude-2012) from the Università degli Studi di Perugia where she is cultore della materia (expert in the field) in International Law, Advanced International Law and EU Law. She is also a qualified lawyer and expert in Legal Professions (“Scuola di Specializzazione L.Migliorini” Diploma – Università degli Studi di Perugia).

She is a member of the Scientific Board for Europe of the Review Diritto e Processo, Rights & Remedies-Derecho Y Proceso and she coordinates the Focus: Environmental Law and Policy. She has recently been selected for a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Historical Archives of the European Union, which are housed at the European University Institute (Florence). Sabrina’s research interests lie in international environmental law, climate change law, environmental justice and food law.

The lecture will be open to all interested participants, and will be available at this link.