Professor Michael Cardwell


Having studied Classics at Oxford, Michael entered practice with Burges Salmon, Solicitors, Bristol.  Subsequently, in 1990, he joined the School of Law at the University of Leeds, where he is currently Professor of Agricultural Law and serves on the N8 Agrifood and Food Theme Steering Group.

Roles and Responsibilities:

European Agriculture Section for the International and Comparative Law Quarterly (2003-2009)

Consultant Editor of the Agricultural Production and Marketing title (2008) in Halsbury’s Laws of England

European Representative for the Union Mondiale des Agraristes Universitaires (2012-2016)

Assistant Delegate General of the European Council for Rural Law

Member of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Farmer-Scientist Network and Member of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Brexit Working Party

Member of the Agricultural Law Association Brexit Committee

Research interests

Michael's research interests focus on the Common Agricultural Policy and agriculture in world trade, with publications including: The European Model of Agriculture (OUP, 2004); The Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms: Comparative Approaches (OUP, 2010) (co-edited with Luc Bodiguel); and Research Handbook on EU Agriculture Law (Edward Elgar, 2015) (co-edited with Joe McMahon). Areas of particular Interest have been the implementation of a multifunctional model of agriculture and and the provision of support to farmers in ways which are consistent with world trade rules.  He also contributed to the Agriculture Report during the Balance of Competences Review (2014) and, more recently, has been invited to provide oral and written evidence to Parliament on the implications of Brexit for United Kingdom agriculture.

Agricultural Law Association

Comité Européen de Droit Rural

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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  • MA (Oxon)

Student education

Michael's teaching is in the field of agricultural law, with specific reference to food security, climate change and world trade.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Law and Social Justice

Current postgraduate researchers

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