77987 - Agricultural and Food Law

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Moduli: Giulio Sgarbanti (Modulo 1) Giulio Sgarbanti (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Ravenna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Legal Consultant in Business and Public Administration (cod. 9242)

    Also valid for Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Law (cod. 9233)

Learning outcomes

The course is aimed at providing students with knowledge of domestic (at national and regional level) and european legislations regulating agricultural activities (including growing, forestry, livestock breeding and fishing) and the placing on the market of agricultural and food products. At the end of the course students are able to advise, as consultants, professionals in the primary sector, food industries and operators of the distribution chain. This include issues regarding relations with private business operators (B2B) and with public authorities (official controls performed to ensure the application of law in all stages of production, processing and distribution of food and consumer protection) as well.

Course contents

- The origin and evolution of agricultural law. Its actual content and legal sources.

- The farm (/agricultural) business: general agricultural activities (breeding of living plant and animal, fishing, related activities); subjective status; instruments (land, accessory parts and enterprise); enterprise's legal statute.

- Domestic, European and international legislations; particularly, intervention measures within the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

- Quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and organic production.

- Food products between domestic law, EU law and multilateral international Agreements.

- Food law principles.

- Agricultural and food products' markets.

- Food products’ production and marketing rules; hygiene standards.


Luigi COSTATO - Luigi RUSSO, Corso di diritto agrario italiano e dell'Unione europea, 6^ ediz., Giuffrè, Milano, 2023:

- Ch. 1

- Ch. 2, for paragraph: 2.I.1, 2.I.2, 2.I.5, 2.I.6, 2.I.7, 2.I.8, 2.I.9; da 2.II.1 a 2.II.9; 2.III.1 e 2.III.2

- Ch. 3

- Ch. 9, except for paragraph 9.16


Luigi COSTATO, Paolo BORGHI, Sebastiano RIZZIOLI, Valeria PAGANIZZA, Laura SALVI, Compendio di diritto alimentare, 10^ ediz., Milano : Wolters Kluwer, CEDAM scienze giuridiche, 2022:

- Ch. 1

- Ch. 2

- Ch. 3

- Ch. 4

- Ch. 6


Students attending classes can prepare the final examination on lecture notes, following guidelines provided during the lessons.

Teaching methods

Generally lectures are based on the relevant normative provisions and, possibly, on scholarly literature and Court's case-law.

Assessment methods

Final examination is oral (approximately 30-45 minutes) and generally consists in 3 questions/topics on course contents; the student must reply correctly to 2 out of 3 questions at least to pass the exam.

Final examination is based on textbook's contents and, for students attending classes, on lectures' content; anyway, accordingly with personal interests on specific topics, programmes partially different from the official one can be agreed.

The students’ knowledge is assessed through a discussion, to evaluate the actual achievement of the learning outcomes. The exam consists in an interview with the appointed commission on the topics included in the programme.

The assessment will take into account the knowledge of the relevant institutional framework, the ability to analyse doctrinal and jurisprudential opinions and, to single out connections between the relevant topics, to critical reasoning, as well as the clarity of presentation and critical thinking.

By way of example, the following criteria will be used to assign the final mark (that will be out of 30/30):

- knowledge of a very limited number of topics, extensive support by the interviewer to address and answer the questions, basic yet appropriate language  18-19/30;

- knowledge of a limited number of topics, ability to autonomously address basic legal problems, use of appropriate language → 20-24/30;

- comprehensive knowledge of the programme, ability to autonomously and critically analyse legal problems, use of specific terminology → 25-29/30;

- extensive knowledge of the programme, ability to reason autonomously and critically analyse legal problems, make connections between the topics, ability to master the specific terminology and ability to present legal arguments. → 30-30L/30.

Teaching tools

Computer (Internet access), projector, blackboard.

Lectures are generally conducted by projecting the text of legal sources related to the topics analysed.

Office hours

See the website of Giulio Sgarbanti


Zero hunger

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.