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Francis Snyder Authors Groundbreaking New Book on Food Safety Policy in China

C.V. Starr Professor of Law Francis Snyder has authored the first major scholarly study of the development of food safety law in China. In his groundbreaking new book, Food Safety Law in China: Making Transnational Law, Professor Snyder traces the development of China food safety law and policy from the 2008 melamine infant formula crisis to today. He demonstrates that advances in China’s food safety standards during this period were influenced heavily by cross-border factors, as well as by institutions deeply embedded in Chinese society. Substantial challenges remain for China’s approach to food safety law and policy, but Food Safety Law in China: Making Transnational Law offers numerous proposals for possible solutions. Ultimately, Professor Snyder predicts that China will embark on a regulatory path that both incorporates lessons learned from other countries and provides new strategies from which the rest of the world will learn.

“This book is the culmination of wide-ranging research and practical experience about food safety, which today is a world-wide issue of public health. I hope that it will make a significant contribution to our understanding of how transnational food safety law develops and how the safety and quality of food in China and in other countries can be improved,” remarked Professor Snyder.

Francis Snyder is a world-renowned scholar of WTO and international economic law, EU Law, EU-China relations, and transnational law. He is a leading scholarly voice on China’s food safety law and policy. He has been invited to serve as the leading foreign expert to China’s Central Government for reform of the food safety system in China. He is a member of the Foreign Experts Advisory Committee (FEAC), State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), of the People’s Republic of China. In 2013, Professor Snyder was presented with a commemorative crystal ball by China’s Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhang Jianguo, in appreciation of his pioneering research and scholarship regarding food safety policy in China. He is on the list of arbitrators of the South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SCIETAC) / Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) for WTO Law, EU law, and food safety.

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