The Functional Field of Food Law. The Emergence of a Functional Discipline in the Legal Sciences

European Institute for Food Law Working Paper No. 2018/02

36 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2018

Date Written: February 22, 2018

Abstract

This paper traces the emergence of food law as a specialisation in legal scholarship. Food law can be understood as a functional area of law, that is, a legal specialisation which is not delineated on the basis of legal doctrinal distinctions but on the basis of its societal field of application. Decades before food law emerged, environmental law has acquired recognition as such functional specialisation. This paper explores what it takes for a focus of legal study on a societal phenomenon to become a viable functional field of law. It argues that food law fulfils the basic criteria of relevance, scope, distinctness and impact.

Keywords: Food Law, Functional Field of Law, Systematic Legal Analysis

JEL Classification: K20, K23, K30, K32, Q18

Suggested Citation

van der Meulen, Bernd M.J., The Functional Field of Food Law. The Emergence of a Functional Discipline in the Legal Sciences (February 22, 2018). European Institute for Food Law Working Paper No. 2018/02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3128103 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3128103

Bernd M.J. Van der Meulen (Contact Author)

European Institute for Food Law ( email )

Muzenplein 3
Amsterdam, 1077wc
Netherlands

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