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World Food Law Announces Essay Competition for Howard University School of Law Students


Celebrating World Food Day and Promoting Excellence and Interest in Food Law

Washington, D.C., October 16, 2013 – Today, on World Food Day, the Friends of World Food Law, Inc. and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced an opportunity for Howard University School of Law current students (J.D. and LL.M.) and its recent graduates (2012 and 2013 graduates) to win up to $700 in their Inaugural World Food Law Essay Competition. To promote excellence and interest in food law, the organizations launched its inaugural essay competition to look for students’ written research findings on the legal aspects of food quality, including law regulation, agreements, private standards, and contracts. The theme for this year’s essay competition is: Trends in Food Quality Regulation and Practice.

Food quality is a fundamental consideration for farmers, the food sector, governments and consumers. “Many of the trendsetting food standards are related to perceptions of quality, including halal, kosher, local, natural and organic claims,” noted Professor Marsha A. Echols, Director of The World Food Law Institute.

The concepts and scope of food quality are dynamic and vital today. Laws and regulations, trade agreements, private standards and contract terms are among the many legal and customary statements about food quality created by global and regional inter-governmental entities and by national and local authorities. Private food companies often use contract law to incorporate their codes, private standards of quality and trade usages into binding agreements. These developments and trends deserve increased legal review, analysis and evaluation.

“As the regulatory framework for food and food ingredients becomes more and more international in scope, the role of knowledgeable attorneys in helping manufacturers and other stakeholders find truly global solutions is more important than ever before,” according to Mark Mansour, partner in the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and member of the Advisory Council of The World Food Law Institute.

The essay competition’s first prizewinner will be awarded $700, an Award of Merit and an online posting of the winning essay. The second prizewinner will be awarded $500.

The deadline for essay entries is 5:00 p.m. (EST) on January 31, 2014.

The Friends of World Food Law, Inc. is a section 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in the District of Columbia. The World Food Law Institute promotes educational and intercultural programs, lectures and symposia related to U.S. and international food law and policy.

If you would like more information about the competition, please contact Professor Marsha Echols at or 202-806-8039.

updated: October 31, 2013