Tania Phipps-Rufus

Doctoral candidate and commentator on intellectual property, fashion, culture, innovation and the creative economy.

Tania holds a Master of Laws, in Intellectual property (2007), and is currently studying for her PhD in Fashion, Intellectual Property and Culture in the Creative Economy. She is a Fashion Law consultant to British cultural theorist, Professor Angela McRobbie and is currently working at the industry level on a project that connects professional practices of designers and intellectual property in the fashion industry for CREATe; The Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy. She is also a Professional Fellow at the Ethical Fashion Forum pioneering innovators in fashion and Technology.

Tania read law at the University of Kent, Canterbury (2005), and obtained her Master of Laws degree in Intellectual Property from the University of London, Queen Mary (2007). Formerly a Visiting Lecturer of Law at the University of Hertfordshire where she taught the LL.M Masters of Law programme in Intellectual Property, Telecommunications Law, and E-commerce Law, Prior to this she worked as a researcher at the University of London, Queen Mary drafting the chapters to the external LLM Masters of Law course in International and Comparative Social Justice and championing international development, social justice issues and economic, social and cultural rights.

Her areas of expertise include intellectual property and cultural property, technology law, international development, social justice and human rights.
Tania also regularly writes a blog on fashion and IP issues connected to the cultural and creative industries Goss-IPgirl and runs a blog over at eco fashion rules, that focuses on social justice, the role of culture for achieving sustainable development and the type of legal & policy framework needed for a more sustainable fashion industry.
She tweets at: @ipgirll