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Call for Submissions--Second Annual Food Law & Policy Conference, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

Deadline June 9, 2017

What is the state of food law and policy in Canada today? For the 2nd annual Canadian Food Law and Policy Conference we take stock of our food law and policy schemes – from the federal level through the provincial and territorial down to the municipal – and strategize ways to improve them.

From November 2-4, 2017, we will bring together thought leaders and stakeholders for a three-day national conference at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law to help chart the future of food law and policy in Canada.

Together, we will ask:

  • What role does law and policy play in governing our food systems?
  • What values currently underpin our food laws and policies?
  • In what ways are food laws, policies and regulatory tools succeeding in building just, equitable, vibrant, innovative, resilient and sustainable food systems?
  • In what ways do they contribute to hunger, malnutrition, social exclusion, contamination, exploitation and environmental degradation?
  • What new developments in case law and regulation are impacting industry, producers and consumers in food systems and where is government intervention lacking?
  • How are Canada’s food laws and policies impacting food systems abroad, how are they influenced by international and transnational laws and standards and what role does Canada play in global food system governance?
  • How can improved food laws and policies address failures in food system governance and what do these improved laws and policies look like?

Practitioners, scholars, policymakers, adjudicators, activists, students and other thought leaders are invited to submit individual- presentation or group-panel proposals of no more than 300 words on any topic related to the conference theme by June 9, 2017 to

While conference papers will not be required, they are encouraged and will be published on the conference website. Any questions may be sent to the same address. We look forward to working with our partners in developing this exciting event, and to welcoming participants to Ottawa in November.

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