Fashion Law Lab

Fashion Law Lab

Ms. Nana Sarian
Winter 2018 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 2 to 12, 2018 and is taught by 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 (including the protection of fashion designs, focusing on the differences between protection in the US and EU), franchise law, 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 or 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, music licensing, fashion photographers and labor law), supply chains (with a focus on sustainability in fashion), the digital world and social media. Various international guest lecturers from the fashion industry will also be invited to present in class including from the world renowned college in England, Central Saint Martins, as well as Pier Luigi Roncaglia (an IP practitioner based in Italy who specializes in civil litigation in all areas of IP before all Italian courts, the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union as well as criminal litigation and anti-counterfeiting) and Claire Bergkamp (Head of Sustainability and Ethical Trade, Stella McCartney).

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