Professor Cripps received her LL.B., LL.M., 1978, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Ph.D., 1982, University of Cambridge. University Reader in Law, Cambridge, 1994-2000. Member, American Law Institute, 1993-. Professor Cripps, an internationally acclaimed scholar and teacher, joined the faculty at Indiana in 2000.
Her book, Controlling Technology: Genetic Engineering and the Law, published in 1980, was the first comprehensive treatment of the legal implications of biotechnology. She is also the author of a second book, The Legal Implications of Disclosure in the Public Interest, now in its second edition, and more than 40 articles on intellectual property, privacy law, and biotechnology.
Formerly for twenty years on the faculty at Cambridge University, she has taught as a visitor at Cornell University and the University of Texas and in Paris. Professor Cripps is a barrister in both England and New Zealand, and has served as an advisor on intellectual property law and biotechnology to the House of Lords, on biotechnology issues to the New Zealand Government, on constitutional matters to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice, and as a consultant on intellectual property to various law firms and companies. Her courses include Seminars in Comparative Law and in Intellectual Property and Biotechnology.