Special Issue "Global Food Safety Law and Policy"


A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 February 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Professor Michael T. Roberts
School of Law, UCLA, 385 Charles E. Young Drive, 1242 Law Building, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
Website: http://www.law.ucla.edu/faculty/all-faculty-profiles/adjunctslecturers/Pages/michael-roberts.aspx
E-Mail: roberts@law.ucla.edu
Interests: food law; food policy; international food law; international trade

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The rise of large urban centers and global food trade has generated a modern food system that is different than anything the world has ever experienced. This modern food system - from the farm to the fork - has given rise to increasing international concern for food safety. Foodborne illnesses are prevalent in all parts of the world, leading the World Health Organization to described foodborne illnesses as a global public health challenge. In addition, food safety poses significant political challenges as governments are susceptible to outraged citizenry over food contamination outbreaks.

A successful global food safety system depends on the viability and efficacy of global food governance and policy. Global food governance covers multiple facets: legal instruments, national food regulatory systems, national and international institutions, international law, public and private standards, trade rules, enforcement regimes, and harmonization strategies. Papers by legal scholars are needed to address the broad spectrum of legal and policy issues imbedded within these various facets and to provide much needed context, rationale, analysis, criticism, comparison, advocacy, and recommendations. Such scholarship will contribute greatly to meeting the global public health challenges of food safety.

Professor Michael T. Roberts
Guest Editor


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  • food safety
  • global food regulation
  • public health law
  • food policy
  • food governance

Published Papers (5 papers)

Laws 2013, 2(4), 401-427; doi:10.3390/laws2040401
Received: 30 August 2013; in revised form: 23 September 2013 / Accepted: 8 October 2013 / Published: 22 October 2013
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Laws 2013, 2(3), 150-168; doi:10.3390/laws2030150
Received: 11 May 2013; in revised form: 17 June 2013 / Accepted: 24 June 2013 / Published: 1 July 2013
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Laws 2013, 2(2), 99-114; doi:10.3390/laws2020099
Received: 27 March 2013; in revised form: 14 May 2013 / Accepted: 23 May 2013 / Published: 27 May 2013
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Laws 2013, 2(2), 69-98; doi:10.3390/laws2020069
Received: 23 February 2013; in revised form: 4 April 2013 / Accepted: 7 April 2013 / Published: 16 April 2013
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Laws 2013, 2(1), 1-19; doi:10.3390/laws2010001
Received: 14 September 2012; in revised form: 9 January 2013 / Accepted: 9 January 2013 / Published: 22 January 2013
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Last update: 25 February 2013

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