Rina Elster Pantalony


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Rina Elster Pantalony obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science with Honors from Dalhousie University at Halifax, Canada and her Law Degree from the (now) Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.  She is admitted to practice as a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

From 2002 until 2012, Ms. Pantalony practiced intellectual property law with the Department of Justice, Canada, as principal intellectual property counsel to the Library and Archives of Canada. Prior experience also includes an appointment as director of licensing for a joint Internet venture between The Tate, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York and legal counsel to the Virtual Museum of Canada, an online exhibition partnership between the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) and Canada’s museums.

From 2004 to 2014, she was faculty in the Moving Image Archive Preservation Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she taught courses in copyright law and policy.  Ms. Elster Pantalony chairs the Legal Affairs Committee of the International Council of Museums and in 2013 the World Intellectual Property Organization published her most recent work entitled Managing Intellectual Property for Museums.  This publication is a second edition, with the first having been published in 2007.  In 2009, the World Intellectual Property Organization held an international conference about "Intellectual Property and Cultural Heritage in the Digital World", in Madrid, Spain, that was based upon the first edition of her publication.

Ms. Elster Pantalony was appointed Director of the Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University in the fall of 2014.