Fashion Law Lab

Fashion Law Lab

Professor Jeannie Suk Gersen, Ms. Nana Sarian
Winter 2017 course
M, T, W, Th, F 1:00pm - 3:50pm in WCC Room 2009
2 classroom credits

Students who enroll in this offering may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This experiential course meets January 3 to 13, and is co-taught by Prof. Jeannie Suk Gersen and Nana Sarian, General Counsel of Stella McCartney. The course will consist of interactive workshops featuring case studies on fashion law. Students will put themselves in the shoes of a lawyer advising a brand, working in small groups to tackle real legal challenges and scenarios faced by in-house fashion counsels on a daily basis from the office and atelier to the runway, with a particular focus on legal analysis and problem solving. Topics will range from intellectual property, franchise law, real estate, commercial law (including commercial arrangements to license the IP of a brand to third parties for the manufacture and sale of products which traditionally are not produced in-house by a brand (e.g. fragrance, sportswear), contracts for sale (to wholesale and retail customers) as well as the laws relevant to fashion shows/presentations (covering matters as broad as design rights and labour law) and supply chains (with a focus on sustainability in fashion). There will also be interactive workshops on real life scenarios faced by in house fashion lawyers who are advising on matters as broad as customer data collection, the protection of fashion designs (with a focus on the differences between the US and EU), the licensing of music for shows, advising on laws relevant to social media, agreements with fashion photographers, and beyond.

Note: This course will meet from January 3rd to 13th.

Subject Areas: Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Technology, and Arts & Entertainment, Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance