Heidi Härkönen

Dr. Heidi Härkönen (LL.D., trained on the bench) is a Senior Researcher at the University of Turku Faculty of Law. Working with fashion law now for a decade, Dr. Härkönen has been a pioneer in developing this research theme in Finland. Her research focus is on digitalization of the fashion law industry and using law as a tool to shape the fashion industry towards sustainability, having an intellectual property law point of view. Her doctoral research was about copyright protection as a tool to foster sustainable development of the fashion industry. The doctoral dissertation was awarded with a Distinguished Early-Career Researcher Award by the University of Lapland. Dr. Härkönen is also the founder of the Finnish Fashion Law Association and acted as its president from 2014 to 2017. Prior to law school, she studied fashion design, and even today Heidi designs and makes her own clothes.