Olivier De Schutter

Invited Researcher of DEA Programme Stay in France: from October 28 to November 30, 2017

Mr. De Schutter is Professor of Law at the University of Louvain (UCL), and has held visiting professorships at Columbia University (2008-2013) and at UC Berkeley (2013-2014), where he helped launch the Berkeley Food Institute. Mr. De Schutter was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by the Human Rights Council between 2008 and 2014. An expert on social and economic rights and on economic globalization and human rights, he has been elected a Member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2015-2018). He also co-chairs the International Panel on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), a high-level group of experts working through a transdisciplinary approach to develop assessments and proposals for food systems reform.

The Project

Enabling conditions for a local sustainable food system in the city-metropole of Montpellier


Economic and social rights. - Food systems. - Ecological transition.

Selected Publications

Mr. De Schutter has published widely on economic and social rights and on the relationship between human rights and development. His most recent books are:

  • International Human Rights Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010, 2nd ed. 2014),
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Human Rights (editor) (Edward Elgar, 2013),
  • Accounting for Hunger. The right to food in the era of globalization (Hart, 2011),
  • Foreign Direct Investment and Human Development. The Law and Economics of International Investment Agreements (Routledge, 2012),
  • Trade in the Service of Sustainable Development (Hart, 2015) and Governing Access to Essential Resources (Columbia Univ. Press, 2015)
  • (co-editor). Among his most recent publications on the issue of food governance and the right to food are: "The Specter of Productivism and Food Democracy", Wisconsin Law Review, vol. (2014), pp. 199-233;
  • "The Role of Property Rights in the Debate on Large-Scale Land Acquisitions", Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: Focus on South-East Asia (International Development Policy series No.6, Geneva: Graduate Institute Publications, Boston: Brill-Nijhoff, 2015), pp. 53-77;
  • "The Political Economy of Food Systems Reform",  European Review of Agricultural Economics 2017: 1-27, doi:10.1093/erae/jbx009.
Published at 6 November 2017