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Judge Kathy Ann Brown

Judge Kathy Ann Brown

UWI graduate Judge Kathy-Ann Brown has been sworn in as a member of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. She was among five judges elected at the thirtieth Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to serve a term of nine years, commencing on 1 October 2020.

Judge Brown is a Jamaican and received her Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law, UWI Cave Hill in (1981). She also holds a Post-Graduate Degree (International Law), Faculty of Law, Cambridge University, England (1982); Certificate of Legal Education, Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica (1984); United Nations DPI Graduate Student Programme, New York, USA (1986) and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (Ph.D.), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada (1992).

She is a member of the Jamaican Bar and the National Consultative Group on the International Court of Justice. Her professional expertise is wide-ranging and includes: Crown Counsel, Attorney General’s Department, Government of Jamaica (1991); Lecturer-in-Law, Faculty of Law, U.W.I., Barbados (1991-1998); Adviser on International Law and trade issues (1992-present); Consultant with the Barbados Negotiating Team on the Barbados/US Maritime Counter-Narcotics Agreement (1997); IDB Project Consultant on Intellectual Property Laws in the Caribbean (one of five regional consultants with specific responsibility for Barbados) (1997-1998); Deputy Director/ Adviser (Legal), Economic and Legal Section of the Special Advisory Services Division, Commonwealth Secretariat (2003-2008); Deputy Solicitor General, International Affairs Division, Attorney General’s Chambers, Jamaica (2008-2019); Counsel with involvement in Caribbean Court of Justice cases (Trinidad Cement Ltd v. The Caribbean Community, 2009; Shanique Myrie v. Barbados (Request for leave to intervene by Jamaica), 2012; Shanique Myrie v. Barbados (with Jamaica as Intervener), 2013); Deputy Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority (2014-2017); and Acting President, Council, ISA (2020); Chief Technical Advisor to the Prime Minister, Office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica (2019-2020); Adjunct Lecturer on Advanced International Law, LLM, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus (2019-2020).

She has published extensively and her works include: “What Economic Integration in the Hemisphere Means to Florida Industries: Now and in 2005”, University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Second Annual Conference on Legal and Policy Issues in the Americas, 14 Fla J. Int’l L., 2001 and “Will history record the victory of John Selden’s thesis, ‘mare clausum’ in the interest of protecting biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction?” Eminent Caribbean International Law Jurists: The Rule of International Law in the Caribbean, W. Anderson (ed.), (The CCJ Academy for Law: The CCJ Academy for Law’s Eminent Caribbean Jurists Series), Oct. 2019

She was awarded The University of the West Indies’ Mark of Merit in 1979; The University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Human Rights in 1981 and was inducted into the Hall of Eminent International Caribbean Jurists in 2019.


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