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Michael T. Roberts

Michael T. Roberts has a unique background in food law and policy that blends together academic pursuits, public policy, and private practice.  This background includes experience with local food policy councils.  He served on the Utah Food Policy Council and spoke in 2003 at a State Food Policy Council Conference held in Des Moines, Iowa.  

He currently is an adjunct law professor at UCLA law school where he teaches a seminar course titled Consumer Food Law and Policy.   He is also a guest law professor at East China University of Science and Technology Law School in Shanghai, China, where he teaches comparative and global food governance, and at Drake Law School where he teaches a course on corporate social responsibility in agriculture.  He is the lead instructor for Asia Food Law in the Michigan State University International Food Law Program and serves on the advisory boards for the World Food Law Institute and the National Agricultural Law Center.  He has taught a summer international food and trade law course at Cambridge University in the UK and has guest lectured on general and international food-law and policy subjects at various law schools, including Stanford, Georgetown, Tennessee, and Kansas, and at international conferences in Belgium, China, Italy, Romania, and the U.S.  He is a prolific author, having written several book chapters and articles on food regulation, global governance in food, trade, and policy issues.  He is currently writing a treatise on food law that will be published by Oxford University Press.  

Roberts received an LL.M. in agricultural law at the University of Arkansas in 2000 while on sabbatical from his law firm.  In 2002 he received an appointment as a Research Law Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law and Director of the National Agricultural Law Center.  In 2006, he became of counsel in Washington D.C. with Venable LLP, as a member of the firm’s food and agricultural law practice group.  In 2008, Mr. Roberts was a visiting legal scholar with and consultant to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.  In addition to his teaching and writing activities, Mr. Roberts also serves currently as Director of a newly formed think tank, named the Center for Food Law and Policy and as Special Counsel to the Roll Law Group PC, a law firm that exclusively represents Roll International Corporation, a private holding company headquartered in Los Angeles, and its farming and food companies who are global leaders in their respective product lines, employing more than 4,000 people world-wide.  He offices in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. and is responsible for global food regulation, trade, policy, and government affairs. 

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