Sustainable Healthy Food Choices: Dietary Guidelines and International Economic Law

Dietary Guidelines and International Economic Law

  • Tania Voon
  • Hope Nadine Johnson Queensland University of Technology and the Institute for Future Environments


Building on the companion piece by Christine Parker and Hope Johnson on international instruments supporting holistic dietary guidelines, this article examines potential concerns raised by such guidelines under international trade law and international investment law. Drawing lessons from the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (‘WHO FCTC’) and its relevance to recent disputes in international economic law, this article examines the role of international instruments in supporting domestic dietary guidelines that could be challenged in the dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization (‘WTO’) or under investor-state dispute settlement. The article includes an assessment of the potential impact of international economic laws on holistic dietary guidelines and related regulatory interventions, as well as a discussion of how a WHO treaty on healthy and sustainable diets could influence the interpretation and application of key trade and investment provisions. The article concludes that holistic dietary guidelines can be implemented in a manner consistent with international economic law, at least if local products are not prioritised.

Nov 22, 2018
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VOON, Tania; JOHNSON, Hope Nadine. Sustainable Healthy Food Choices: Dietary Guidelines and International Economic Law. QUT Law Review, [S.l.], v. 18, n. 1, p. 45-75, nov. 2018. ISSN 2201-7275. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 01 feb. 2021. doi:
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