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Recent Developments 

The 2019 World Food Law Institute Lecture

The World Food Law Institute began its Fall 2019-Spring 2020 series of programs not in Washington, DC but in Rome, Italy.


The Institute repeated its 2019 World Food Law Institute Lecture at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. With the sponsorship of the US Mission and support from FAO and IFAD, we repeated the 2019 World Food Law Lecture  before about 100 guests from Rome based organizations. The Lecture was delivered by Katherine Meighan, the General Counsel of the UN's International  Fund for Agricultural Development.


The topic was Legal Innovations to Address Global Food Insecurity: IFAD's Experience. In Rome the Lecture featured additional examples of IFAD's legal and financial innovations.

The 2019 Secretary Mike Espy Food Law Essay Award


The Espy Award is open to current HUSL students and to 2016-2018 HUSL alumni. Applicants are invited to submit a paper concerning food law and community. Deadline - Monday, March 18, 2019


HUSL Student Awards

First Place - $750

Second Place - $500

2016-2018 Alumnus/a Award - $1,000



With support from the Washington, DC-based World Food Law Institute and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a Howard University School of Law 2018 Alumna and a rising HU 3L student traveled to Rome with Dr. Marsha Echols to observe the 41st session of the 189-member U.N. Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). Read more...



The U.N. FAO, in cooperation with the European for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently released a publication analyzing the economic impacts of geographical indications. 

The publication is titled, Strengthening sustainable food systems through geographical indications, and can be read here in PDF format.

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The Howard University School of Law is pleased to announce the inaugural Secretary Mike Espy Food Law Essay Award! The award honors the first African-American U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, a graduate of Howard University. The award is made possible through generous donations by Professor Marsha Echols and The World Food Law Institute.

The Secretary Mike Espy Award was created to encourage interest and legal research in what is now popularly called food law. The Award provides a forum for ideas and legal research about food policy, regulation, and related legal developments at the national, local and international levels. It is designed to encourage the Howard University School of Law (HUSL) community to contribute to discussions about the law, policy and regulations related to food.

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