Brigitte Vézina is a fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. At CIGI, she is analyzing the key challenges within the ongoing efforts to develop an international system of protection for traditional cultural expressions (TCEs). Her research aims to present ways of protecting TCEs on both the domestic and international levels.
From 2006 to 2016, Brigitte worked at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, as a legal officer in the Traditional Knowledge Division, dealing with intellectual property issues related to TCEs. Brigitte also worked in the Cultural Enterprise and Copyright Section at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris, France, and with the Montreal-based intellectual property law firm, Robic. Brigitte holds an LL.B. from the University of Montreal (2002) and an LL.M. from Georgetown University (2005, with distinction). She has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2003.
Brigitte’s publications include “Cultural Institutions and the Documentation of Indigenous Cultural Heritage: Intellectual Property Issues” in Indigenous Notions of Ownership and Libraries, Archives and Museums (De Gruyter, 2016) and “Are They In or Are They Out? Traditional Cultural Expressions and the Public Domain: Implications for Trade” in International Trade in Indigenous Cultural Heritage: Legal and Policy Issues (Edward Elgar, 2012).