Agricultural Law Global Guide

Global insight from leading lawyers in comparative guides to the law worldwide

The Agricultural Law Global Guide provides country-specific Q&A guides on agricultural law worldwide. Each Q&A guide gives a structured overview of the key practical issues, including agricultural companies and co-operatives, land ownership and usage rights, tax and financing, crop seed business, plant variety right protection, GM crops, importing animals, gene patents, and product liability.

Jan Holthuis is the Managing Partner of HIL International Lawyers & Advisers. He is a qualified Dutch attorney at law admitted to the Amsterdam Bar since 1992, a non-practising solicitor in England, and a Registered Arbitrator at the China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC). His areas of practice include Chinese and Dutch agriculture investment law, biotechnology, Chinese and Dutch foreign direct investment, M&A, trade secret protection, technology transfer, and renewable energy (solar and wind power). He is a guest lecturer on Chinese Agricultural Law at Wageningen University and on Chinese corporate and commercial law at Rotterdam Erasmus University.

He has acted on numerous international transactions relating to agricultural business, including joint ventures, market strategy, Chinese market position and government relations strategy, litigation relating to agriculture IP infringements and unfair competition, technology transfer arrangements with Chinese state-owned and private companies, and patent arbitration.

He speaks Dutch, English, French, and Chinese (basic). His professional associations/memberships include the International Bar Association (IBA), the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, and the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He has written a number of publications, including on technology transfer agreements with China, Chinese agricultural law and practice, and direct investment authorisation in China.

The Agricultural Law Global Guide addresses various agricultural legal practice areas, such as agricultural land ownership, foreign investment issues, seed law, plant variety protection, animal and plant gene rights, GM food trade, food safety standards and product liability. The purpose of its jurisdictional comparisons is to enable foreign investors, food producers, legal professionals and policy makers to make cross-border comparisons between countries on different agriculture practice areas.

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"The Agricultural Law Global Guide provides an overview of agriculture laws and policies in key jurisdictions worldwide, and compares these countries on different aspects of agricultural law and practice areas. As such, I consider it a valuable guide for investors and businesses who would like to understand and navigate the agricultural laws and policies of these countries. "

- Dr William S Niebur, VP/GM North Asia, DuPont Pioneer

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