Food Law and Policy


The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) was established in 2010 to link Harvard Law School students with opportunities to work with clients and communities on various food law and policy issues. The FLPC provides legal advice to nonprofits and government agencies seeking to increase access to healthy foods, prevent diet-related diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, and reduce barriers to market entry for small-scale and sustainable food producers, while educating law students about ways to use law and policy to impact the food system. The FLPC engages a strong policy orientation as well as substantive expertise in the food system to assist a range of federal, state, and local clients around the world in understanding the legal and policy regimes that apply to food production and sales.


In April 2015 FLPC’s director Emily Broad Leib joined author Jonathan Bloom and Mike Curtin, CEO of DC Central Kitchen for a panel discussion on food waste following the television premiere of “Just Eat It: A Food Waste story.” The panel, hosted by MSNBC’s food policy correspondent chef Tom Colicchio, discussed the issues raised by the documentary about the alarming amount of food waste in the United States. Watch part one of the panel above, and view the rest of the panel here.

The Food Law and Policy Clinic collaborates closely with the Harvard Food Law Lab, which was founded in the Fall of 2013 by Professor Jacob Gersen as a center for coordinated and directed research in the emerging field of food law. The Food Law Lab is situated within the Petrie-Flom Center. For more information about the Food Law Lab, please click here.

FLPC Staff: Ona, Sarah, Emily, and Alli

FLPC Current and Former Staff: Ona, Sarah, Emily, and Alli

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Emily Broad Leib, Director
Ona Balkus, Clinical Fellow
Sarah Downer, Clinical Instructor
Bettina Neuefeind, Research Fellow, Harvard Law School; Affiliate, Food Law and Policy Clinic

For FLPC team bios, click here.

For a list of FLPC publications, please click here.