Giovanni Gruni, The EU, World Trade Law and the right to Food: Rethinking Free Trade Agreements with Developing Countries. Studies in International Trade and Investment Law series. Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2018. ISBN 9781509916207.
International trade law does not aim only at promoting liberalisation and market access, and Giovanni Gruni book points out the importance of considering food security aspects when negotiating free trade agreements (FTAs). The comprehensive analysis finds its place among the body of work aiming at creating and spreading knowledge to bridge the gap between human rights and international trade law. The author impressive understanding of both areas of law offers a thoughtful and complete assessment of the rules negotiated by the EU in its FTAs with vulnerable countries, demonstrating, first, how the EU has the adequate tools to promote the right to food on the international trade scenario, and, second, how it fails to do so. The work adds, thus, to the debate over bringing international trade talks closer to non-economic issues, stressing the relationship between trade and development. In this regard, trade and human rights are compatible, and major trade powers should pursue a common ground when dealing with those topics.