Innovate Food Law Writing Competition (2nd edition)

Now open for submission! 

The Chair of Food Law, Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition and Health, University of Bayreuth, welcomes submissions of essays that challenge writers to reflect on problems in food law and policy. Submissions must be no shorter than 2,500 words, including footnotes. The overall winner will receive a grand prize of 700 euro, alongside the publication of their entry at the Chair of Food Law Working Papers or potentially other academic outlet that will be negotiated. The runner-up and the third place will be awarded with a voucher for online shopping of alternative protein products in the amount of 70 and 50 euro respectively.

The competition is open to anyone. Each individual or each group of coauthors may submit only one piece.

In the writing competition, we encourage original and innovative submissions. We hope to receive both practice-oriented and academic submissions. The topic of the essay is:

Food law and policy for the future

How should sustainable food systems be implemented and regulated?

For example, how should alternative proteins (e.g. insects, cultured meat) be regulated? How should their consumption be promoted by policy makers? Is the key to green transition better informed consumer decision-making, for example thanks to the sustainability labelling? Could policy blueprints such as the European Green Deal or the Farm to Fork Strategy successfully lay ground for societal transformations necessary for climate change mitigation? On what evidence should such policy blueprints be drafted?  

Keywords: sustainability, labelling, alternative proteins, climate change. 

Be brave and use all your fantasy to come up with original ideas! You can argue, for example, that in order to promote the consumption of alternative proteins, mandatory labelling for animal products shall include photos of suffering animals. Or, you can argue that farmers should be subsidised in order to build bioreactors for alternative protein fermentation!

These are just a few examples of questions that your essay could address, however, these topics are open for your creation and ideas. Your essay needs to be reflective of real-world events, technology and food law and policy.

Important dates

Submit your article before 15 July 2022.

Submissions open 10 May 2022 and close at 23:59 CET time on 15 July 2022. Winners will be announced in August 2022.

A Selection Committee will consider all submissions anonymously. Winners commit to agree to participate in the editing process of the Chair of Food Law Working Papers. The process involves both structural and substantive suggestions, as well as source citing for content.

Prizes and publication

The winner will receive a grand prize of 700 euro. The runner-up and the third place will be awarded with a voucher for online shopping of alternative protein products in the amount of 70 and 50 euro. The winner, runners-up and notable entries will also have their articles published online and shared with thousands of legal practitioners, industry leaders, policy makers and academics worldwide. 

Submission rules

Please submit your contributions and any direct questions about the competition to

Submissions must be made in a Word document format (.doc or .docx)

Submissions must be in English.

Submissions may be single-authored or coauthored.

Submissions must include the title of the article within the Word document.

Submissions in a Word document format must be anonymous in order to enable anonymous review.

Submissions must adhere to the OSCOLA reference style (

Submissions must represent original writing, that you have written for this competition. They will be subject to plagiarism checks.

What is an essay?

An essay communicates a novel, original idea or message to a particular audience.

An essay is not a research paper.

An essay must have a structure, logic and narrative. An essay uses subheadings.

An essay is written in plain English, with correct grammar and spelling. Closely edited and proofed work is highly valued.

With an essay, one argues a position by uncovering complexity within the law.

An essay should read like an academic article. An essay presents an argument (thesis) in a way that reflects academic standards.

An essay should address the topic set above.

An essay must be clear about where it is going, what the main argument (thesis) is, and what the writer tries to communicate.

An essay uses authority. It backs propositions by statutes, case law and legal academic writings. In other words, an essay uses evidence.

In an essay, an introduction gives a context, then sets out the argument (thesis) and then it tells what the reader will communicate in the next pages/sections.

For more detailed information on how to write a good legal essay, you can consult:

We look forward to reading your submissions!