Diane Ryland presents at First Colloquium on Agricultural Law

September 2015

Diane Ryland was a participant in the First Colloquium on Agricultural Law hosted by the Santana School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy and presented a conference paper entitled: 'Animal Welfare Standards in Agriculture: Drivers; Implications; Interface?'

This Colloquium entitled: 'Current Issues of Agricultural Law in a Global Perspective' organised by the Agricultural Law area of the Institute of Law,Politics and Development, at the Scuola Superiore Sant Anna, in Pisa, Italy, was held on 17 -18 September 2015' under the auspices of the World Union of Academic Agrarians. The scholarly contributions were impressive and demonstrated the commitment of each participant to what is an extremely important and growing interdisciplinary area of scholarship. This extremely worthwhile collaborative venture brought together people from all over the world to share ideas, to pose questions, to challenge orthodoxy, and to ascertain the role and adequacy of the researcher in law, in particular when faced with structural injustices in an agricultural context.

Contributors came from 
high-ranking universities worldwide and included papers emanating from doctoral scholars attending McGill University, Canada; University of Pretoria, South Africa; Wollega University, Ethiopia; University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy; University of Pensylvania Law School, USA; for example. Four sessions (Agri-Food Production: Tradition and Technologies; Agricultural Models and Peoples' Rights; Natural Resources and Environmental Protection at a Cross-Roads with Agricultural Law; International Trade Agreements, Investment Law and Agriculture) were chaired by eminent academics from Italy, Geneva and Edinburgh. The Colloquium will also result in a peer-reviewed book publication. An acknowledgement of thanks goes to Professor Michael Cardwell. Professor of Agricultural Law, Law School, University of Leeds and to Leeds Law School for receipt of Strategic Research Funding.

Photos: Santana School of Advanced Studies