Pisa, Italy

Sustainable Farming and Food Systems in the EU Law and Policy Framework

blended course
when 24 July 2023 - 28 July 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 100

The interdisciplinary Summer School “Sustainable farming and food systems in the EU law and policy framework” will be held from 24th to 28th July 2023 in hybrid mode, for a total amount of 40 hours training.

The Course will provide participants with an understanding of the European legal and policy framework of sustainable and climate-resilient agricultural and food systems within an interdisciplinary learning context. In particular, the political and legal implications of the transformative approach adopted by the EU (e.g., with the European Green Deal, the Farm to Fork strategy, the new CAP 2023-2027) will be thoroughly analyzed during the Summer School.

The course will also deal with the series of complex European and global challenges facing the European food system. These include climate change and environmental degradation, inequalities in the food supply chain, and food security concerns caused by the war in Ukraine.
The language of instruction is English, and a final assessment test is foreseen at the end of the course, in the form of a multiple-choice questionnaire.

To submit your application please visit our website.

Course leader

The Summer School is part of a three-year Jean Monnet Module SUSTAIN “Sustainable Farming and Food Systems in the EU Law and Policy Framework”, co-funded under the EU Erasmus+ Programme and coordinated by Professor Mariagrazia Alabrese.

Target group

The Course is intended for students coming from different backgrounds, PhD candidates, young researchers and professionals working in the field of law, social sciences, agricultural engineering, economics and management, officials working in national, international, and European Institutions.

Course aim

The Summer School aims to provide participants with the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills needed to understand the issues emerging from the development of the EU legal and policy framework on farming and food systems.

By the end of the Summer School, participants will be able to: (a) handle the main EU legal aspects of the agri-food system and their impact on climate change adaptation and mitigation; (b) understand the landscape in which EU policies related to the food sector operate and of the role of EU Institutions in this framework; (c) manage the conceptual frameworks on the European model of Agriculture; (d) identify policy options based on the many challenges that impact on the EU agri-food system, such as climate change and food insecurity.

Credits info

2 EC
2 ECTS (European Credits Transfer and Accumulation System) will be awarded upon successful completion of the Summer School, which requires the attendance of at least 80% of classes and passing the final learning test.

The Summer School envisages the acknowledgement of an additional 1 ECTS for students who opt to submit also a final paper. Acquiring the additional 1 ECTS is subject to the positive evaluation of the paper, other than the foreseen learning test and complying with the attendance obligations envisaged.

Fee info

EUR 100: The Course fee is 100,00 EUR for participants that are enrolled in undergraduate and master’s degree courses at the time of the application and maintain the student status for the entire duration of the Summer School.
EUR 400: The Course fee is 400,00 EUR for PhD students, professionals, academics and other participants.


A number of reduction are envisaged, more information is available on the official website