2013 Food Law Colloquium – Call for Papers

The Maine Law Review* invites you to participate in its 2013 Food Law Colloquium.  The Colloquium presents an opportunity for discussion and debate about the legal architecture of food systems in Maine, the United States, and beyond.  To complement the Colloquium, the spring volume of the Review will be devoted to high-quality legal scholarship focusing on a wide range of food law topics.

The Maine Law Review seeks submissions of papers for oral presentation at the Colloquium 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 mainelawrevieweditor@gmail.com, 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.


* The Maine Law Review is published twice annually by the students of the University of Maine School of Law.  The journal has a diverse reading audience of legal scholars and students, practitioners, and judges.