Description: Although the global food system produces enough food to feed twice the current global population, millions of people suffer from chronic undernourishment. Climate change, the biofuels boom, land grabbing, and conflicts in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia threaten to exacerbate global food insecurity. In her lecture, Carmen Gonzalez, will examine the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity, and discuss legal and policy reforms to protect the human right to food.
Short bio: Carmen G. Gonzalez is a George Soros Visiting Chair at SPP. She is also a professor of law at Seattle University School of Law in the United States. She has published widely in the areas of international environmental law, environmental justice, trade and the environment, and food security. Gonzalez was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina, a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow, a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and a visiting professor at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China. Her latest book, International Environmental Law and the Global South, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.