Righting Food examines the intersection between food and the law, with a particular focus on human rights and workers’ rights. Laws structure and shape the global food system, facilitating or obstructing people’s access to nutritious food. They influence how we grow, distribute, and purchase our food. The effects of these laws — ranging from international rules to local regulations — are varied. Laws can promote justice; they can just as easily hinder it.

Righting Food was created to support the food justice movement by providing relevant information and thoughtful analysis on the nexus between food, the law, and human rights.


I’m a lawyer and researcher who focuses on human rights and sustainable development, particularly within the global food system. My primary expertise is in land and agricultural investments, the right to food, business and human rights, and labor rights. I co-edited Accounting for Hunger: The Right to Food in the Era of Globalisation (Hart, Fall 2011), and researched and wrote “Ripe with Abuse: Human Rights Conditions in South Africa’s Fruit and Wine Industries” (HRW, 2011). I currently work as a Legal Researcher at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute), where I lead the Center’s work on land, agriculture, and human rights.

In recent years, I have worked in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, served as an Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, and worked with the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School. I have also clerked for Justice Virginia A. Long of the Supreme Court of New Jersey and worked with a range of social justice organizations in the United States and India.

I have a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. in political science and international studies from Northwestern University.

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