Sarah Berger Richardson


Sarah Berger Richardson
Assistant Professor

DCL, McGill University (2019)
LL.M, Tel Aviv University (2014)
BCL/LL.B, McGill University (2012)
BA, Université McGill (2006)

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Sarah Berger Richardson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law (Civil law section), where she teaches food and agricultural law, civil liability, and administrative law. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and President of the Canadian Association of Food Law and Policy. Professor Berger Richardson’s research focuses on the regulation of food production and farming, with a particular emphasis on the meat industry. She holds a doctorate from McGill University’s Faculty of Law and her dissertation examined the ways that socio-cultural and moral perspectives about how livestock should be raised and slaughtered are considered in the design of meat inspection systems. In 2018-2019, she was a visiting fellow at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. She holds a Master of Law (LL.M) from Tel Aviv University, where she was a research fellow at the Manna Center in Food Safety and Security. Previously, she served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel and the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal.



1. Dissertation

Sarah Berger Richardson, "Is Safe Food Good Food: Looking beyond safety to regulate good food systems", Doctoral dissertation, McGill University, 2019

2. Refereed Chapters in Books

Sarah Berger Richardson, “Worked to the bone: COVID-19, the agrifood labour force, and the need for more compassionate post-pandemic food systems” in Vulnerable: The Policy, Law and Ethics of COVID-19, Colleen M Flood, Vanessa MacDonnell, Jane Philpott, Sophie Theriault & Sridhar Venkapuram (eds) (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2020)

Sarah Berger Richardson, “Pluralism and the Regulation of Raw Milk Sales in Canada: Creating Space for Multiple Normative Orders at the Food Policy Table” in Agricultural Law: Current Issues from a Global Perspective (Cham: Springer, 2017)

3. Non-Refereed Chapters in Books

Sarah Berger Richardson, “Food Safety in Canada: Regulatory Approaches to Promoting Public Health”, in Food Law in Canada, Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, Nathalie J. Chalifour, et Angela Lee (eds) (Toronto: Thomson Reuters Canada, 2019)

4. Refereed Journal Articles

Laura Alford & Sarah Berger Richardson, “Right to Farm Legislation in Canada: Exceptional Protection for Standard Farm Practices” (2018) 50:1 Ottawa Law Review

Sarah Berger Richardson & Nadia Lambek, “Federalism and Fragmentation: Addressing the Possibilities of a Food Policy for Canada” (2018) 5:3 Canadian Food Studies 28.

Sarah Berger Richardson & Nandini Ramanujam, “Ending Child Malnutrition Under SDG 2: The Moral Imperative for Global Solidarity and Local Action” (2018) 37:1 Social Alternatives 18.

Sarah Berger Richardson & Angela Campbell, “Law and Learning ‘From the Field’: The Pedagogical Relevance of Collaborative Teacher-Student Empirical Legal Research” (2011) 23:2 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 464.

5. Book Reviews

Sarah Berger Richardson, “Erin McKenna: Livestock: food, fiber and friends” (2020) 37 Agriculture and Human Values 257.



1. Editorials

2. Broadcast Interviews

  • Food inspectors: we can’t refuse unsafe work. CityNews. CityNews Television. (May 11, 2020)
  • Meat supply chains and COVID-19. Ottawa Morning. CBC Radio. (April 20, 2020)
  • What disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic reveal about Canada's meat supply chains. London Live. Global News Radio. (April 20, 2020)
  • COVID-19 has revealed disruptions in our meat supply. Canada Talks. National Post Radio. (April 17, 2020)
  • Horse meat, pork found in beef patties at Maison du Rôti. Daybreak Montreal. CBC Radio. (June 24, 2016)



  • DRC 1500 Introduction au droit
  • DRC 2514 Obligations III
  • DRC 4731 Droit agroalimentaire
  • DRC 4731 Enjeux sociojuridiques de la pandémie de COVID-19


Fields of Interest

  • Droit agricole | Agricultural Law
  • Droit alimentaire | Food Law
  • Droit des animaux | Animal Law
  • Éthique de la vertu | Virtue Ethics
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