The Symposium

This one-day symposium will focus on the laws that support Italy’s most valued and globally exported products. The “Made in Italy” branding depends on a complex legal regime permeating all aspects of development, production, and global export. It also stands behind representations of excellence and quality. Speakers will address a variety of “Made in Italy” products and the formal and informal rules that define, support and – in some cases -- undermine them. The labor relations behind olive oil production, the geographic indicators that signal unique wine flavors and tastes, the property regime that enables certain types of agricultural production, secured lending laws tailored to cheese and prosciutto production, the regulation of grains in the making of quality pasta, and a few others. The symposium at the FIU College of Law is scheduled on February 21, 2020, during the week of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The papers presented will be subsequently published in the FIU Law Review in a special symposium edition.

Sponsorship Opportunities and Donations

To sponsor the Made in Italy Symposium, please contact Professor Jorge Esquirol at

For donations to FIU Law Review or the Made in Italy Symposium, please contact Jasmin Grant at


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Friday, February 21st
8:00 AM

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FIU College of Law

8:00 AM

Food, drink and design are not just aesthetic expressions of culture and nature. They are also products of law. Legal rules structure every step of the creation and distribution process. Health and safety regulations govern how products are made. Geographic indicators and labelling rules determine how products may be advertised. Copyright and patent laws designate who can profit from them. Yet, law goes beyond even that. It contains the rules of property which affect where products are developed. It organizes the labor conditions under which they are produced. It implements the policies that promote certain types of production and discourage others. Fiscal subsidies, technical assistance, and access to credit are all key factors of the production process. And, they are all embedded in the legal regime.

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