The master for Fashion Lawyers, the “fashionable” lawyers |  Second half

The master for Fashion Lawyers, the “fashionable” lawyers | Second half

The future of fashion also passes through the Fashion Lawyers. In a system increasingly struggling with brand protection, counterfeiting and sustainable issues, the demand for professionals who can easily extricate themselves from the legal issues that affect one of the driving sectors of the national economy is very high. The figures speak for themselves: second industry in Italy and first in the world in terms of quality, fashion employs about 600 thousand people and the same number in the service sector, counting on a turnover that exceeds 80 billion euros (2021 data).

“These are figures that still remain below the level of 2019, when the turnover amounted to around 100 billion euros. In the past year we have recovered 16 of the 25 billion lost during the pandemic ». To rattle off the numbers is Carlo Capasadirector of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, who spoke on Monday 10 January at the inauguration of the first edition of the second level university master in Fashion e Luxury Law (MiFeLL), promoted by the “Federico Stella” High School on Criminal Justice of the Catholic University (Asgp). “2021 was the year of the restart and in the third quarter there were significant increases”. Background to the debate, introduced by the rector of the University Franco Anelli and dedicated to the theme “fashion system and economic recovery”, the importance of training. “Everything that happened between 2020 and 2021 was an opportunity not only to rethink the sector but to start an evolution of the entire system in terms of sustainability and digitization”. In this great revolution that has invested fashion, a central role is also played by the “lawyers” in the role of Fashion Lawyer: figures capable of adapting to the changes that the sector is experiencing and endowed with a great spirit of innovation.

From these premises the master of the Alta Scuola was born, a “unicum in the Italian university panorama” and conceived with the collaboration of the Faculty of Law of the University and the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, after two years of teaching experience collected during the three editions of the advanced training course in this area. “If we arrived at this master it is thanks to the students who, after the success of the previous educational paths, convinced us to make this quality transition”, he said. Gabrio Forti, director of the “Federico Stella” High School on Criminal Justice. The collaboration between Asgp and the National Chamber of Italian Fashion dates back to 2019 with the organization of courses in Fashion Law designed with the aim of responding to the demand of Italian and international law firms and fashion companies to make use of professionals who are experts in related legal issues to this sector.

After all, he recalled Ida Palombellalawyer, partner of Deloitte Legal and member of the Board of Directors of MiFeLL, “there is a strong attention and sensitivity of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion towards the training of the new generations not only of designers but also of lawyers”. This is because, echoed Capasa, “sustainability and digitalization, as well as influencing consumer purchasing methods, are changing the approach to fashion”. This is confirmed by the Manifesto of Diversity and Inclusion drawn up in 2019 with the aim of making the most of the significant cultural change taking place in the fashion industry, accelerated by the outbreak of the global health emergency. “The challenges posed by the pandemic have turned into opportunities”, which is why it is essential, added Capasa, to “identify and develop the best strategies to protect brands and corporate assets”. Hence the need for the National Chamber of Italian Fashion “to invest in the training of professionals who, starting from intellectual property law, are able to protect the made in Italy in the world”.

A request to which, thanks to its “interdisciplinary approach”, the master responds, he explained Marina Di Lello, researcher in Criminal Law in the Faculty of Law. The educational program, in fact, intercepts almost all the subjects of the Law courses, so that the students know how to deal with all the legal issues that cross the fashion and luxury chain: from the conception of products to their realization, from new forms of sustainable marketing. to the protection of intellectual property, from the “defense” of products against counterfeiting to the development of solutions for the compliance of creative and managerial activities with tax, labor and criminal regulations.

Between professionals and graduates in Law, Economics and Political Sciences there are a total of twenty-five enrolled in this first edition which will start on Thursday 20 January in the “executive” formula, making attendance compatible with the performance of work activities. There are several career opportunities at the end of the course of study. As stated Marco Allena, Professor of Tax Law at the Faculty of Economics and Law of the Piacenza campus. “This master will train super-experts in fashion from a legal and fiscal point of view for the external but also internal legal offices of companies, large and small, active in one of the most innovative and dynamic industrial sectors in the world”.

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