The Introduction provides an overview of the events of the 2007–08 global food crisis and surveys commonplace accounts of its causation. After signalling the role that commodity derivatives speculation is alleged to have played in causing the crisis, the author challenges the tendency to portray law as the solution to world hunger. The main argument of the book—that law actively contributes to the persistence of hunger in the world—is set out, and the arguments of each chapter are presented. The introduction concludes with an overview of existing scholarship that has contributed to the author’s thinking on the relationship between hunger and the legal system, including the work of Amartya Sen, Karl Marx, Institutionalist scholarship, and the work of Karl Polanyi.
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