Food Law—Portland, ME

The Maine Law Review seeks submissions of papers for oral presentation at its Food Law Colloquium (to be held February 22-23, 2013.) and for publication in its Spring 2013 volume.

We invite contributions in the form of articles or essays addressing any aspect of food law. Topics may include, but are not limited to: local food ordinances and states’ rights movements; the effects of the 2012 Farm Bill on small-scale agriculture; food safety and security; judicial responses to competing interests of seed patent owners and farmers; the challenges of securing financing for farmland conservation; administrative hurdles confronting the seafood industry; cooperatives and securities law; comparative analyses of food law frameworks; and emerging issues in food law.

Although traditional, full-length papers are welcome, we principally seek shorter essays (roughly 8,000 to 15,000 words, including references) that will stimulate lively discussion at the Colloquium.Draft abstracts and queries may be addressed to Aga Pinette, Editor-in-Chief, at, no later than September 30, 2012. Please accompany submissions with a curriculum vitae, and indicate your willingness and availability to travel to Portland, Maine, to participate in the Colloquium in February or March 2013.

Source: SSRN.

Update (June 11, 2013):

On February 23, 2013, the Maine Law Review organized a day-long conference devoted to discussing emerging issues in food law and policy. The event brought together more than a dozen legal scholars from around the country, and an audience comprised of members of the legal community, policymakers, farmers, and community organizers. It became a forum for exploring the many ways in which people are challenging conventional thinking about U.S. food systems, and the hurdles they face in so doing.

To continue to facilitate the exchange of ideas about these important and relevant issues, the Maine Law Review has devoted much of Volume 65:2 to legal scholarship on food law and policy. The spring volume, which includes sixteen essays on a diverse range of food law and policy topics, is now published and available online at To purchase a paper copy, please e-mail mlreditor [at]