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LAW7334 - European agriculture, food and wine law

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law


Not offered in 2008


The unit will examine wine regulation from the vine to The unit will examine agriculture, food safety and wine regulation in Europe. It will therefore cover:

  • The law of the Common Agricultural Policy
  • Laws protecting grape varieties
  • Laws covering food safety
  • Laws on labelling: Geographical Indicators, Trade Marks, Consumer
Information, Quality indicators
  • The EU-Australia Wine Agreements
  • Geographic designations and the World Trade Organisation
  • Commercial usages in the wine and food trade between Europe and Australia
  • Taxation of wine in Europe


At the completion of this unit, students should:

  • Understand the framework of agriculture, food and wine regulation in the European Union;
  • Understand the policy underlying the Common Agricultural Policy and its technicalities;
  • Understand the food safety regime of the EU;
  • Appreciate the different forms of intellectual property protection for grape varieties, foods and wines
  • Appreciate the international dimensions of wine and food identity protection
  • Understand the special commercial aspects of the European/Australian wine and food trade
  • Understand the different methods of taxing wine in Europe.


One research assignment (3,750 words): 50%

One take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%

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