The Right to Food and the Expanding Frontier of Access to Justice Book Chapter

Gómez, MA. (2021). The Right to Food and the Expanding Frontier of Access to Justice . 43-61.

cited authors

  • Gómez, MA



  • This chapter analyzes the Right to Food (“RTF”) from an international perspective of Access to Justice (“ATJ”). It argues that the recent expansion of the conventional concept of ATJ beyond traditional rights and rightholders is a valuable development that can enhance the protection of RTF. This chapter recognizes that whereas some recent efforts have viewed RTF through an ATJ lens, there is still much to be done. The article begins with an overview of the contemporary landscape of the RTF, with special focus on its relationship with the notions of Food Security (“FSec”), Food Justice (“FJ”) and Food Sovereignty (“FSov”). The chapter continues with a closer look to the legal protection of RTF, from the perspectives of the law in the books and the law in action. That is, it discusses the scope of the regulation of RTF protection by national, regional and international legal regimes and also its interpretation and application by courts, agencies and other institutions. In the next section, this chapter turns its attention to the frontiers of ATJ and its potential for advancing the protection of RTF. The chapter ends with a brief reflection about the need to understand the relationship between the RTF and ATJ according to the social, political, and economic contexts.

publication date

  • January 1, 2021

start page

  • 43

end page

  • 61