Theoretical Perspectives Introduction: The Global Politics of Food

12 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2011 Last revised: 2 May 2012

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Carmen G. Gonzalez

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Date Written: August 30, 2011


In May 2010, the Universidad Interamericana in Mexico City hosted an international conference on The Global Politics of Food: Sustainability and Subordination. Sponsored by Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory, Inc. and by Seattle University School of Law, the conference took place under the auspices of the South-North Exchange on Theory, Culture and Law (SNX), a yearly gathering of scholars in the Americas that seeks to foster transnational, cross-disciplinary and inter-cultural dialogue on current issues in law, theory and culture.

Published in the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review, the conference papers examine the complex ways in which the global food system reinforces hierarchies of power and privilege.

This Introduction situates the essays collected in the theoretical perspectives cluster within the parameters of LatCrit and outsider jurisprudence, and explains how these essays contribute to our understanding of the role of food policy in perpetuating the subordination of marginalized populations on a global scale. The Introduction also discusses the growing food sovereignty and food justice movements, and the importance of integrating the insights of these movements into the broader critique of neoliberal globalization.

Keywords: WTO, World Bank, INF, human rights law, food security, right to food, biodiversity, trade policy, environmental law, colonialism, post-colonial studies, international law, climate change, biofuels, agricultural law, international trade and investment law, political economy

JEL Classification: F13, F18, F54, Q17, Q56, N50, O24, K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Gonzalez, Carmen G., Theoretical Perspectives Introduction: The Global Politics of Food (August 30, 2011). University of Miami Inter-American Law Review, Vol. 43, p. 77, 2011, Available at SSRN:

Carmen G. Gonzalez (Contact Author)

Loyola University Chicago School of Law ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60611
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