Transnational Corporations and the Right to Food

In recognition of World Food day, 2009, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law proudly made public their report Transnational Corporations and the Right to Food. The paper was authored by the group Law Students for Human Rights at NYU School of Law, under the guidance and direction of the CHRGJ and Faculty Director Smita Narula, who in fall 2008 accepted an appointment to be part of the Advisory Board to the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter.

This paper was prepared in Spring 2009 at the Special Rapporteur’s request with the aim of informing a multi-stakeholder consultation he convened in June 2009 in Berlin, Germany on the role of the agribusiness sector in the realization of the right to food. The student authors–Aaron Bloom, Colleen Duffy, Monica Iyer, Aaron Jacobs-Smith, and Laura Moy–worked closely with CHRGJ’s 2008-09 Center Fellow Lama Fakih, who attended the June consultation alongside the Special Rapporteur. The Center continues to work closely with Mr. de Schutter in support of his mandate and has made it a project for its 2009-10 International Human Rights Clinic.