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Durham Law School

Staff Profiles

Dr Amandine Garde, LLB, Maitrise en droit, MA, PhD

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Senior Lecturer in Durham Law School
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42829
Room number: PCL122
Member of the Human Rights Centre


Amandine Garde joined Durham Law School in October 2010. She previously lectured at King's College London, at the Faculty of Law in Cambridge, where she was also a Fellow of Selwyn College, and at the University of Exeter. 

Her research interests lie in the fields of EU Trade, Consumer, Advertising, Food and Public Health Law. She specialises more specifically on the role which regulation and litigation can play in improving public health and the wellbeing of children as a group of particularly vulnerable consumers. She is particularly interested in the extent to which the regulation of unfair commercial practices promotes healthier lifestyles.

In the last six years, she has developed an expertise on the legal aspects of obesity prevention and other risk factors for non-communicable diseases such as tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. Some of the questions arising from lifestyle risk regulation are inherently practical. Many others, however, require a more theoretical analysis of underpinning issues. Amandine Garde's research attempts to place all practical concerns within a broader analytical framework, thus bridging the gap between theory and practice. Her academic monograph EU Law and Obesity Prevention, published by Kluwer Law International in 2010, is the first to offer a critical analysis of the EU's Obesity Prevention Strategy and it has become a point of reference not only for academic colleagues interested in public health and EU policy, but also for policy makers, food industry operators, and public health and consumer organisations. In this book, Amandine Garde has argued that, even though the law is not a panacea and cannot, by itself, change lifestyles, it nonetheless has an influential role to play in making the healthy choice an easier choice and must therefore promote societal and environmental changes.

As one of the very few legal experts worldwide, Amandine Garde has been invited to take part in a range of prestigious policy initiatives. Most notably, her work has attracted the attention of the World Health Organisation, for whom she has co-authored a major report on the implementation of a set of recommendations on food marketing to children. She has also been involved in projects for the European Commission, the Scottish Government, and she regularly lends her advice to a range of public health and consumer organisations in the UK, mainland Europe and North America.

Amandine Garde has recently won a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council to continue her work on food marketing to children. As part of her research leave, she will spend five months in Geneva in the Health Determinants Unit of the World Health Organisation where she will provide support to a selected number of Member States from across the WHO Regions in the development and implementation of their national policies on the regulation of food marketing to children. In September 2013, she will also organise a one-day workshop in London to discuss with relevant policy makers and other research users the extent to which further measures are required in the UK to ensure full compliance with the WHO recommendations on food marketing to children. All the research and policy work Amandine Garde has done over the years on the interface between food marketing regulation and childhood obesity prevention will lead to the publication of a monograph on this subject by Edward Elgar Publishing in 2014 (in their interdisciplinary Health Studies Series).

Amandine Garde is a regular speaker at conferences in Europe and North America and has held visiting positions at the Universities of Dresden (Germany), Rennes, Nantes (France), Rey Juan Carlos Madrid (Spain), as well as at King’s College London where she is a fellow of the Centre of European Law. She is also a member of the Société de Législation Comparée, of the European Children's Rights Units of the University of Liverpool, of the Association on the Study of Obesity and of several other  research networks on the regulation of food marketing to children and obesity prevention more generally.

Amandine Garde spent a year as a postdoctoral Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence in 2005-2006 and is also a qualified solicitor having trained at Simmons & Simmons in their London and Paris offices.

Research Interests

  • Advertising Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Consumer Law
  • EU Law
  • Food Law

Selected Grants

  • 2012: Food Marketing Regulation and Childhood Obesity Prevention, ESRC £123,000
  • 2009: EU-funded study. Value: EUR 50,000
  • 2005: Jean Monnet postdoctoral research fellowship, European University Institute, Florence

Selected Publications

Books: reviews

  • Garde, A. (2002). French Legal Cultures. Cambridge Law Journal 61 : 479.
  • Garde, A. (2001). International Encyclopaedia of Laws – Contract, France. Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé 53: 773.

Journal papers: academic

  • Garde, A. & Mahé, S. (2009). L’affaire Viking: Dans quelle Mesure une Action Syndicale Collective Peut-elle Constituer un Obstacle à la Liberté d’Etablissement?. Revue du Marché Commun et de l’Union Européenne 525: 97-106.
  • Garde, A. & Haravon, M. (2007). La Directive Européenne sur les Pratiques Commerciales Déloyales: Vers un Renforcement de la Protection des Consommateurs en Europe. Revue du Droit des Technologies de l’Information 171.
  • Garde, A. (2007). The Contribution of the EU’s Food Labelling Policy to its Obesity Prevention Strategy. European Food and Feed Law Review 46.
  • Garde, A. & Haravon, M. (2006). De Nouveaux Droits pour les Passagers Aériens en Europe. Revue du Marché Commun et de l’Union Européenne 503: 670-679.
  • Garde, A. (2006). Is It Really for the European Community to Implement Anti-Terrorism UN Security Council Resolutions?(note on the ECJ judgment in Yusuf). Cambridge Law Journal 65 : 281.
  • Garde, A. & Haravon, M. (2006). La Circulation de l’Information Juridique en Europe: Plus de Moyens pour Appréhender les Différences. Recueil Dalloz, Chronique 405.
  • Garde, A. & Haravon, M. (2006). Pratiques Commerciales Déloyales: Naissance d’un Concept Européen. Les Petites Affiches 395(127): 9.
  • Garde, A. & Haravon, M. (2006). Unfair Commercial Practices: Towards a Comprehensive European Consumer Policy? European Journal of Consumer Policy 16.
  • Garde, A. (2004). The Liability of Judicial Authorities: Much Ado about Nothing?(note on the ECJ judgment in Köbler). Cambridge Law Journal 63: 564.
  • Garde, A. (2002). Partial Harmonisation and European Social Policy: A Case Study on the Acquired Rights Directive. Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 5: 173.
  • Garde, A. (2002). Recent Developments in the Law of Transfers of Undertakings. Common Market Law Review 39: 523.
  • Garde, A. (2001). The Public Sector as a Good Employer: The Application of the Acquired Rights Directive to Public Authorities. Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 4: 153.
  • N, Cohn. & Garde, A. (1999). The Role of Legal Education in the Mutual Influences of French and English Legal Cultures. European Review of Private Law 7: 381.

Journal papers: online

Journal papers: professional

  • Garde, A. & Haravon, M (2008). New Rights for Air Passengers in Europe. The International Lawyer’s Year-In-Review

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