Jean Monnet Chair ENFASIS 


"Nutrition plays only a small part in our food choices"

( ROBIN FOX, Food and Eating: An Anthropological Perspective )



The Jean Monnet Chairs are three years teaching and research projects for university professors, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, that aim to promote excellence in the fields of European Union Studies around the World.

According to the Call for Proposal 2020-EAC-A02-2019-JMO, the Jean Monnet Chair ENFASIS on “European Novel Foods Agreement and Sustainable Intercultural Systems” was the first Italian project that the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) selected out of 1447 applications from all around the World (application 619592-EPP-1-2020-1-IT-EPPJMO-CHAIR).

As ENFASIS Chair holder I promote the development of a specialized competence and an academic debate at European and International level on the novel food topics.



The interest of the project stems from the research carried out on the subject of consumer law harmonization, especially thanks to the project Jean Monnet HELACOL (closed in 2018).

In the framework of ‘novel foods’ the three years activities (2020-2023) of the Chair are meant to strengthen the development of the legal and interdisciplinary skills between consumer law, food law, multicultural law and environmental sustainability, achieving different goals by efforts in synergy.

The Project Jean Monnet Chair ENFASIS is developed in the framework of the activities of the Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies (DILHPS) of Milan University. Through this project will be developed a networking between scholars of the Milan University and Universities of other Countries.



Acknowledging the crucial role of a cross-cultural comparative approach to global sustainability, the project addresses novel foods by promoting a close interdisciplinary dialogue especially regarding topics linked consumer law and global food law.

Indeed, environmental-friendly production, practices and actions to support long-term economic growth, sustainable consumption, new food patterns, and new policies to save natural resource and limit pollution, are receiving renewed attention both globally and on a local scale.

The need to constantly question the possibility to promote legal change for a sustainable and better future in the Western tradition and elsewhere, and the constant search for educational and research activities suitable for promoting worldwide the project objectives, play a crucial role in all project activities.