Faculty Profiles

Michael Roberts

Michael T. Roberts

Executive Director of the Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy,
Professor from Practice
B.S. University of Utah, 1986
J.D. University of Utah, 1989
LL.M. University of Arkansas, 2000


Food Law: Cases and Materials (with Jacob E. Gersen and Margot J. Pollans). Wolters Kluwer (2019). Book Info
Food Law in the United States. Cambridge University Press (2016). Book Info

Articles and Chapters

A "Food Systems Thinking” Roadmap for Policymakers and Retailers to Save the Eco-System by Saving the Endangered Honey Producer from the Devastating Consequences of Honey Fraud, Social Science Research Network (2019). SSRN | Full Text
US Food Law: Responding to Changing Social Conditions, in European and Global Food Law (Wolters Kluwer, 2017).
The Pursuit of Food Authenticity: Recommended Legal and Policy Strategies to Eradicated Economically Motivated Adulteration (Food Fraud) (with Whitney Turk), Social Science Research Network (2016). SSRN | Full Text
2016 China Food Law Update (with Ching-Fu Lin), 12 Journal of Food Law & Policy 238 (2016). Full Text
Genetically Modified Food Labeling in China: In Pursuit of a Rational Path (with Xiao Zhu and Kajie Wu), 71 Food and Drug Law Journal 30 (2016).
Foreword, in International Food Law & Policy (edited by Gabriela Steier and Kiran Patel, Springer, 2016).
Setting the Table for Urban Agriculture (with Margot Pollans), in Urban Agriculture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation (American Bar Association, 2015). Full Text
The Beginnings of the Journal of Food Law & Policy, 11 Journal of Food Law & Policy 1 (2015).
If Sugar Is Addictive...What Does It Mean for the Law? (with Ashley Gearhardt and Marice Ashe), 41 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 46 (2013).
Comparison of EU and U.S. Law on Sustainable Food Processing (with Emilie H. Leibovitch), in Alternatives to Conventional Food Processing (edited by Andrew Proctor, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011).
A Perspective on Emerging Law: Consumer Trust and Social Responsibility in China’s Food Sector: the “Bleaching” Case Study, 66 Food and Drug Law Journal 405 (2011).
Cheaters Shouldn’t Prosper: The Need for FDA to Protect Public Health by Taking Action Against Global Economic Adulteration of Pomegranate Juice, 6 Journal of Food Law & Policy 189 (Fall 2010).
Technical Regulations and Trade: Current Issues, Trends and Long-Term Prospects and the Compatibility of Private Standards With Multilateral Trade Rules: Legal Issues at State, in The Evolving Structure of World Agricultural Trade: Implications for Trade Policy and Trade Agreements (UN, FAO, 2009).
U.S. Wine Regulation: Responding to Pressures and Trends in a Global Food System, Rivista Di Diritto Agrario (“Agricultural Law Review”) (2008).
International Legal Issues Concerning Animal Cloning and Nanotechnology: More of the Same or Are “The Times They Are A-Changin"?, National Agricultural Law Center (2008).
Role of Regulation in Minimizing Terrorist Threats Against the Food Supply: Information, Incentives, and Penalties, 8 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, and Technology 199 (2007).
Introduction to Food Law in the People’s Republic of China, National Agricultural Law Center (2007).
Unintended Risks to Developing Countries From Privatization of Global Agriculture and Food Sustainability Standards, World Food Law Institute Selected Symposium & Round Table Papers (2007).
Food Law Update, 2 Journal of Food Law & Policy (Spring 2006); 1 Journal of Food Law & Policy 517 (Fall 2005); 1 Journal of Food Law & Policy 187 (Spring 2005).
Food and Drug Protective Measures, Chapter 16, in Homeland Security Deskbook (LexisNexis, 2004).
Mandatory Food Recall: A Sensible and Minimalist Approach to Improving Food Safety, 59 Food and Drug Law Journal 563 (2004).
Anatomy of the Government’s Role in the Recall of Unsafe Food Products, National Agricultural Law Center Research Articles (April 2004).
J.E.M. Ag Supply, Inc. v. Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.: It’s Meaning and Significance for the Agricultural Community 28 Southern Illinois University Law Journal 91 (Fall 2003).
Derecho Agrario, 18 Agro Enfoque 74 (March 2003). (Spanish translated text in Peruvian publication; article addresses agricultural biotechnology law issues in Developing Countries)
The Unique Role of State Trading Enterprises in World Agricultural Trade: Sifting Through the Rhetoric, 6 Drake Journal of Agricultural Law 287 (Fall 2001).


Science Report Scandal Could Lead to Lawsuits That Hold Sugary Beverage Industry Accountable, NY Daily News (Nov. 1, 2016). Full Text
Role of Regulation in Minimizing Terrorist Threats Against the Food Supply, American Bar Association Homeland Security and National Defense Newsletter (Fall 2007).
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: A Legal Guide to Avoiding the Perils of Publishing Agriculture Sustainability Standards in the Agri-Food Sector, White Paper (Feb. 2007). Also published in Food and Drink Magazine and Food Traceability Report.
How to Prevent More Tainted Spinach, Philadelphia Inquirer (Oct. 4, 2006).
Animal Identification: Confidentiality of Information, Livestock Marketing and Information Center (Oct. 2004).
Animal Identification: Liability Exposure and Risk Management, Livestock Marketing and Information Center (Oct. 2004).
Food Traceability & Assurance in the Global Food System, Farm Foundation’s Traceability and Assurance Panel Report (July 2004).