Journal of Food Law & Policy

The Journal of Food Law & Policy is the first student-edited legal journal in the country devoted to the study of food law and its impact on society. Published in July 2005, the inaugural issue of the Journal features several prestigious authors, including renowned food law expert, Peter Barton Hutt and agricultural law scholar Neil Hamilton. Now well established and available on Westlaw, the Journal features articles on food safety and labeling, consumer interest in food policy, international food safety laws and regulations, the legal effects of food technology, traceability issues, and a wide variety of other dynamic issues affecting food law and policy. Included in each issue are food law updates from the United States and from Europe, with Spring issues including Canadian food law updates as well.

The Journal is published twice a year and is edited by some of the top law students at the University of Arkansas School of Law. The School of Law is noted for its work in the law of food and agriculture, with several food law courses offered and an LL.M. program in Agricultural and Food Law.

Call for Papers: Food Law and Policy in the Trump Era

Interest in food law and policy grew rapidly during the Obama administration. An emboldened food movement increasingly challenged corporate food and agricultural interests, while many academics, policymakers, and consumers began to promote food system reform as an attractive route to broader societal change. Writing about the future of food politics, Michael Pollan recently noted, “the culture of food is shifting underfoot.”

With the election of Donald Trump, however, agribusiness appears to be ascendant again. His transition team has made the concerns of large-scale agriculture paramount, promising to weaken or eliminate regulations throughout the food chain. Trump’s election has also highlighted the increasing political divide between rural and urban America. Once the wellspring of radical politics in the United States, rural America—and its farmers—are now among the most conservative segments of American society.

The Journal of Food Law and Policy invites essays examining food law and policy in the Trump era. Essays should provide analysis and commentary rather than research results and may be on a variety of topics, including the environmental regulation of agriculture, labor, food justice, anti-trust law, rural America, and animal welfare, among others. We welcome submissions from academics from all disciplines, as well as practitioners, policymakers, and advocates.

Interested individuals should submit proposals with an abstract of 100 to 250 words, a short bio, and their contact information to by December 15, 2016. Final manuscripts will be due on February 1, 2017, and should be no longer than 2,500 words.


Articles may be submitted for publication consideration anytime throughout the year. A regular and efficient production schedule is maintained, with close communication with article authors. Articles may be submitted via email to or mailed to:

Journal of Food Law and Policy
University of Arkansas School of Law
107 Waterman Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701


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2016-17 Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Emily O'Neal

Executive Editor: Hannah Rucker

Articles Editor: Bo Renner

Managing Editor: Kelly Brown

Note & Comment Editor: Larry Treat

Note & Comment Editor: Caroline Kelley

Note & Comment Editor: Jacob Coleman

Member: Alex Shirley