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Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy

The Resnick Center performs cutting-edge legal research and scholarship in food law and policy to improve health and quality of life for humans and the planet.

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Showcasing Austin Frerick, expert on agricultural and antitrust policy, talking about his new book, Barons: Money, Power, and the Corruption of America’s Food Industry. Austin, Michael, and Diana discuss the problems with industry concentration, when strange bedfellows can make meaningful reforms, and how all roads eventually lead to Arkansas.

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Through its publications, courses, clinic and events, the Resnick Center affords students valuable scholarship, research and networking opportunities.Students can also gain unique policy advocacy training within the food justice movement through UCLA Law’s clinical education curriculum.

The Resnick Center’s engagement in food systems thinking allows it to focus on the development of food governance strategies to promote accountability, transparency and safety in the national and global food chain.

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To forward its mission, the Resnick Center works with UCLA Law students and faculty and the broader UCLA and UC communities, and engages with national and international scholars, experts and policymakers. The Center also maintains a robust slate of outside advisors, including its Outside Advisory Board, and its Research Affiliates, who are recent law school graduates working to better the food system who will consult and assist on various Resnick Center research projects.

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The Center's educational component features high-caliber classes, conferences, workshops, and experiential learning. Students enjoy working with Center faculty and fellows on various research projects and publications. New student opportunities to immerse in food law include experiential learning through the Food Law and Policy Clinic and interdisciplinary exchange through the new UCLA Graduate Food Studies Certificate Program.

  • Curriculum

    Course Offerings: 2022-2023

    Atlantic Foodways: Culture, Science, Governance, taught by Michael T. Roberts and Dr. Robin Derby, Associate Professor of History. Summer abroad program to Italy.

    Food Studies, taught by Michael T. Roberts, which was designed for the Graduate Food Studies Program. The emphasis is on holistic, systems thinking approaches in dealing with food systems and working in interdisciplinary projects.

    Law 693: Food Litigation: Consumer Protection, Regulation, and Class Actions, taught by David Biderman and Tommy Tobin, both of whom serve on the Center’s Outside Advisory Board.

    Law 508: Food Law and Policy Seminar, taught by Executive Director Michael T. Roberts and Deputy Director Diana Winters, focuses on how food law as a response to the modern food system has adapted and developed into a distinctive area of law.

  • UCLA Graduate Food Studies Certificate Program
    2022 graduates of the program with Michael Roberts (far right).
    2022 graduates of the program with Michael Roberts (far right).

    With food security and environmental sustainability becoming increasing global concerns, there is an urgency to educate the next generation of leaders with strong interdisciplinary foundations. The Food Studies Graduate Certificate Program offers UCLA PhD, MA and professional school students the opportunity to investigate this growing field. The program will prepare students from diverse disciplines to address complex topics that span food cultures and histories, nutrition and public health, food policy and food justice, urban planning, and agrifood systems and the environment. For more information about the certificate, visit the UCLA Food Studies Certificate Program website.


  • On Food Law Blog

    On Food Law highlights center publications and activities and provides a forum for food law scholars to discuss ideas and share work. The blog is managed by the Resnick Center and the Food Law Lab at Harvard University.

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Diana Winters talks to the Guardian about the regulation of food additives

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U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization renews partnership with Resnick Center

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