Call For Papers The Future of Food Law & Policy in Canada
Call For Papers
The Future of Food Law & Policy in Canada
Thu 3 Nov and Fri 4 Nov 2016, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia
What is the changing role of law and legal practice in shaping sustainable, productive, resilient, innovative and just food systems? Over the past decade, a new constellation of principles, practices, ideas and institutions has begun to define the domain of "food law and policy", challenging legal actors to understand and critically reimagine their place in realizing food system objectives from producers, to processing, transport and sale, to the dinner plate. On November 3-4, 2016, the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and Food Lawyers of Canada will bring together thought leaders from across this field at a two-day national conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia to explore law's changing role in Canadian food systems and to help chart the future of food law and policy in Canada.
EVENT OVERVIEW: This event comes at a critical juncture for Canada's food systems one at which Canadians are confronting both pervasive challenges and a growing set of public and political commitments to respond. Without a doubt, law and legal actors - including lawyers, researchers, policy makers, adjudicators, advocacy organizations and others - already occupy influential positions in this space. But these actors frequently approach food systems from a particular discipline or perspective, such as agriculture, health and safety, regulation and innovation, poverty and social justice, or environmental planning. As a result, food law and policy in Canada has yet to develop around a clear understanding of its participants or its diverse sites of action. The Future of Food Law & Policy will be a unique forum for these actors to come together, make connections, share ideas, identify common needs and resources, and map new directions.
We are excited to announce that The Future of Food Law & Policy will also be partnering with Nova Scotia's signature Devour! Food Film Festival (http://www.devourfest.com) to explore legal issues in food along with prominent film-makers at a special conference event. Conference participants are invited to take part in the many other Devour! events being planned in Wolfville, Nova Scotia - information about a special events package for conference participants will be available soon on our website.
CALL FOR PRESENTERS: (Deadline: 12 Aug 2016)
Scholars, practitioners, policy makers, adjudicators, organizations and others who would like to be part of the conference program are invited to submit individual-presentation or group-panel proposal abstracts of no more than 300 words on any of the following conference themes:
- How do/should we define the domain of "food law and policy", and what are the implications of that definition for this emerging field?
- What are the next big legal and policy challenges confronting Canadian food systems?
- What does the future of food law legal practice, research and advocacy look like?
- How can we best provide access to, educate and mentor the next generation of thinkers, practitioners and decision-makers in Canadian food law and policy?
PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 12, 2016.
FURTHER INFORMATION: Details relating to conference registration, program and continuing education accreditation will be available soon. Please visit our website at http://foodlaw.ca/halifax2016 for up-to-date information. We look forward to working with our partners in developing this exciting event, and to welcoming participants to Halifax in November.