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Tania Phipps-Rufus

Senior Lecturer

Fashion Law & Social Justice, Fashion Culture, Fashion History & Theory, Business of Fashion, Cultural Appropriation & Cultural Heritage, Intellectual Property Law

Department of Media, Fashion & Communications , School Of Arts And Creative Industries

Tania Phipps-Rufus (LLB Hons, LLM & PhD candidate) is senior lecturer and Course Leader of the BA (Hons) in Fashion Culture and Business and Fashion Department Research and Innovation Lead at the University of East London. 

Tania is an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary researcher and was awarded a fully funded PhD scholarship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (in 2013) to conduct her PhD in Law on Intellectual Property. With a background in Law, Social Justice, and Sociology, Tania created Fashion, Law and Business, a platform that offers commentary on legal cases and culturally topical issues in fashion, and works as a Fashion Law Consultant to emerging designer brands and businesses in the fashion industry.


  • PhD Law Candidate, University of Bristol (submitted)
  • LLM (Master’s) Intellectual Property Law, University of London, Queen Mary (2007)
  • LLB Law with Hons, University of Kent, Canterbury (2005)

Areas Of Interest

  • Fashion culture
  • Fashion technology
  • Intellectual property law
  • Cultural theory, sociology and interdisciplinary methodologies,
  • Circular fashion, sustainability and environmental justice
  • Social justice and rights
  • Traditional knowledge, cultural heritage and cultural appropriation
  • Representation, diversity and inclusion