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Dr Tomaso Ferrando

Dr Tomaso Ferrando

Dr Tomaso Ferrando

Lecturer in Law

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Lecturer in Law

Office 6.77 Wills Memorial Building
8-10 Berkeley Square,
Bristol, BS8 1HH
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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 has been appointed as legal counsel to the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Hilal Elver and 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 an EU Common Food policy (to replace the Common Agricultural Policy). He is a member of Feeding Coventry and participates to Feeding Bristol, a multidisciplinary project that aims to tackle the roots of food poverty by involving public administrators, private sector and civil society.


Dr. Tomaso Ferrando is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol Law School. He obtained his PhD in Law from Sciences Po Law School in 2015 and has been an Italian barrister since 2011. After graduating at the University of Turin, he has been Resident Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (Harvard Law School), the Universidade de São Paulo (Commerce Law Department) and the University of Cape Town (Public Law Department). He holds a Master of Science in Comparative Law, Economics and Finance from the International University College of Turin and has been a visiting researcher at both the law and anthropology departments of UC Berkeley. In 2010 he 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, he has been cooperating with local and international NGOs dealing with resource-related large-scale investments, including Greenpeace and Action Aid International.

When wearing the academic hat, he adopts a multidisciplinary approach to pierce the rigid separation between legal areas, in particular the public-private distinction that occupies Western legal thought and teaching. Global Value Chains and the complexity of transnational networks of production offer a good laboratory of analysis and engagement. In his PhD, he starts from the assumption that any critical analysis of global value chains must reckon the territorial and legal complexity of production, including 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 analyse 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.

You can follow my work via twitter, on @ferrandotom


  • 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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