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The challenge of balancing commercial interests and sustainability in the fashion industry’ (Advert Ref: RDF18/LAW/DIEGA)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr G Noto La Diega
    Prof S Farran
  • Application Deadline
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Northumbria University offers the pioneering and unprecedented opportunity of a Ph.D. in Fashion and Law.
The international fashion industry is a $1.5 trillion business worldwide and is worth £26 billion to the United Kingdom alone. Despite the financial strength of the industry, legal scholars have tended to overlook this fertile field of research.

Fashion Law is the set of legal bodies relevant to the fashion industry, such as registered and unregistered designs, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, contracts (factoring, franchising), eCommerce, employment law, international trade, government regulation, safety, consumer protection, privacy and data protection, information technology law, tax law, company law, antitrust, human and civil rights, etc.

This studentship invites applicants to frame a research project which focusses on some of the competing values and agendas within the fashion industry, engaging with interdisciplinary perspectives and using appropriate theories and methodologies in order to advance research in this field by developing a coherent framework of laws and policies applicable to the sector. This will be done by taking into account the different and interwoven legal bodies that apply to the fashion industry. Applicants are urged to look beyond the established areas of fashion law which are mostly focused on intellectual property (Sun 2016; Montalvo Witzburg 2016; Woods and Monroig 2015; Mahmood 2014; Akanegbu 2012), and to engage across the broad spectrum of laws indicated above.

The Ph.D. student will benefit from the strengths of the Northumbria University in Law and in Design. Moreover, the principal supervisor is currently liaising with a number of fashion law stakeholders, with a view to designing the first LLM in Fashion Law. Furthermore, there is already in place the CloTHINK Research Group, a multidisciplinary hub for research on fashion. This will contribute for a thriving environment for the Ph.D. student to carry out a research which is both theoretically well-grounded and practically relevant. Dr Guido Noto La Diega was successful in a SLS bid with a project on “Inequality of bargaining power and fashion law”.

This proposed studentship falls under the Law and Society signature area of Northumbria Law School and reflects University emphasis on multidisciplinary research and Business and Law Faculty support of intra-disciplinary research across the Faculty.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF18/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 28 January 2018
Start Date: 1 October 2018

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers

Funding Notes

The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2017/18, this is £14,553 pa) and fees.


Recent publications by supervisors relevant to this project:

G. Noto La Diega, “The natural law of the present: Fashion law”, presented at the Round Table Discussion of the Northumbria University CloTHINK Research Group, Newcastle upon Tyne, 19 October 2016.

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