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Global Center for Legal Innovation on Food Environments

The Global Center for Legal Innovation on Food Environments is a transnational venue for study, research, training, education, and publication in the different aspects of obesity prevention. A forum for cross-country and cross-disciplinary exchanges, the Global Center for Legal Innovations on Food Environments builds a bridge between the creation of innovative ideas and their application to real health problems in specific contexts.


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Etiquetado Frontal de Advertencia: Cumplimiento con Obligaciones de Derechos Humanos y Compatibilidad con Otros Marcos Jurídicos Internacionales (Front-of-Package Warning Labeling: Compliance with Human Rights Obligations and Compatibility with Other International Legal Regimes) 
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This report, written in Spanish, examines how front-of-package warning labeling on unhealthy food products is an effective public health policy. In addition, it analyzes how this measure is effective to comply with human rights obligations and compatible with other international legal frameworks.

The report presents information that supports the suitability of the front-of-package warning labeling system as a measure to comply with regional and international human rights obligations, as well as its compatibility with regional and international trade agreements.

In light of the available scientific evidence and legal standards, free from conflicts of interest, it is clear that the adoption of a front-of-package warning labeling system is effective to tackle diet-related noncommunicable diseases and to comply with international human rights obligations. Furthermore, there are no arguments to support the alleged tension between a front-of-package warning labeling policy and trade agreements.

Food Environments and the Law Student Writing Competition

The inaugural Food Environments and the Law Student Writing Competition for students enrolled in law schools in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Jamaica, Barbados or South Africa during the 2021–22 academic year has concluded.

Congratulations to the awardees:

  • WINNER: Paula Knipe is a doctoral researcher at the Socio-Economic Rights Project, Dullah Omar Institute, based at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
  • RUNNER UP: Mariana Victoria Braga Resende is an undergraduate law student at the Faculty of Law of the University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • RUNNER UP: Delfina Lucia Chiesa is an undergraduate law student at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Etiquetado Frontal de Advertencia en Productos Comestibles (Front-of-Package Warning Labeling on Edible Products)
Co-edited by the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas (UNAM)

This report, in Spanish, provides a legal analysis of the Norma Oficial Mexicana (Official Mexican Standard) NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010, published on March 27, 2020, through which the Mexican government established a front-of-package warning labeling system similar to that of other Latin American countries, such as Chile, Peru and Uruguay. This report focuses on the measure as it directly relates to human rights obligations and the role of the state as a regulator in matters of public health, compatible with international economic law.

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