New Treatise: Food Law in the United States
Our alumnus, Michael Roberts is the author of a new food law treatise, Food Law in the United States. This comprehensive work lays out the national legal framework for our food system, including not only federal regulation but litigation, state law, and private standards. The treatise covers a broad expanse of topics including commerce, food safety, marketing, nutrition, and emerging food-systems issues such as local food, sustainability, security, urban agriculture, and equity. The book is designed as a reference for lawyers, students and non-law professionals as well as consumer advocates who need to understand food law to advance their respective interests.
This treatise reflects Michael's leadership role in food law & policy. He is the founding Executive Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at the UCLA School of Law where he also teaches a popular course in Food Law & Policy. He is one of the founding members of the Board of Trustees of the new Academy of Food Law & Policy, an academic association of professors teaching and writing in this area.
Michael has guest-lectured on food law subjects at law schools in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He is a Research Fellow for Renmin University School of Law’s Center for Coordination and Innovation for Food Safety and is an Adjunct Professor of Law for East China University of Science and Technology (Shanghai), where he lectures annually on food law topics. Michael also lectures frequently and is involved with the University of Tuscia, European Food Law Center in Viterbo, Italy. He serves on the advisory board for the World Food Law Institute and on the Editorial Board for MDPI Laws, an open access scholarly journal, which has addressed food law topics.
Michael's private practice work includes practice with Venable LLP as a member of the firm's food and agricultural law practice group in Washington, D.C. and special counsel to the Roll Global farming and food companies headquartered in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for global food regulation, trade, and public policy.
Michael has always been a good friend to our Program and will will be guest lecturing in our Federal Regulation of Food Safety course this semester.