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Dr Tomaso Ferrando

Dr Tomaso Ferrando

Dr Tomaso Ferrando

Lecturer in Law

Area of research


Office 6.77 Wills Memorial Building
8-10 Berkeley Square,
Bristol, BS8 1HH
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Dr. Tomaso Ferrando is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol Law School. He holds a Phd in law from Sciences Po University (Paris) and has been visiting a fellow at Harvard University Law School, University of Sao Paulo and the University of Cape Town. Tomaso’s work focuses on the link between law and food, with particular attention to the international dimension (trade, investments and the human right to food) and the implementation of local practices. In his latest academic work, he has focussed on the EU regulation of food waste, on the role of competition law in obstructing coordinated attempts to improve the global food system and on the idea of the food system as a commons (similar to air, water, sun, etc.). Outside of academia, he acts as consultant and pro-bono advocate in questions relating to the right to food and food policies. In the last years he has been cooperating with the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) and contributed to the formulation of a EU Common Food policy (to replace the Common Agricultural Policy). He is a member of Feeding Coventry, a multidisciplinary project that aims to tackle the roots of food poverty by involving public administrators, private sector and civil society.


I obtained my PhD in Law from Sciences Po Law School in 2015 and I have been an Italian barrister since 2011. After graduating at the University of Turin, I have been Resident Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (Harvard Law School), the Universidade de S ão Paulo (Commerce Law Department) and the University of Cape Town (Public Law Department). I hold a Master of Science in Comparative Law, Economics and Finance from the International University College of Turin, and I have been a visiting researcher at both the law and anthropology departments of UC Berkeley. In 2010 I worked as a pro bono lawyer for Racimos de Ungurahui, a Peruvian NGO specialized in providing legal support to local communities affected by development projects and resources extraction. Since then, I have been cooperating with local and international NGOs dealing with resource-related large-scale investments, including Greenpeace and Action Aid International. 

When I wear the academic hat, I leverage a multidisciplinary approach to refuse the rigid separation between legal areas, in particular the public-private distinction that occupies Western legal thought and teaching. My doctoral research project starts from the assumption that any critical analysis of global value chains must reckon the territorial and legal complexity of production, including the the "increasing role of financial motives, financial markets, financial actors and financial institutions in the operation of the domestic and international economies." As such, legal scholars should analyze the interplay of neo-liberalism, legal globalization and financialization both in terms of their interconnection and in terms of the use of law as a privileged proxy through which the expansion of finance, the internationalization of capital, and the globalization of markets are achieved.


  • food
  • land law
  • global value chains
  • financialization


  • Italian Bar Association

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Networks & contacts

  • Law in Global Production (Institute for Global Law and Policy) Properties in Transformation in Brazil (CEBRAP - USP - Warwick - UNIFESP) Feeding Coventry

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