The Tribunal

Judge Kathy-Ann Brown

Member of the Tribunal since 1 October 2020

Born: Kingston, Jamaica, 11 July 1961

Education: Bachelor of Laws, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Barbados (1981); Post-Graduate Degree (International Law), Faculty of Law, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, England (1982); Certificate of Legal Education, Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica (1984); United Nations DPI Graduate Student Programme, New York, USA (1986); Doctor of Jurisprudence (Ph.D.), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada (1992).

Professional Experience: Crown Counsel, Attorney General’s Department, Government of Jamaica (1991); Lecturer-in-Law, Faculty of Law, U.W.I., Barbados (1991-1998); Senior Technical Adviser (Legal-International Trade), Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM) (1998-2002); Counsel with involvement in numerous WTO dispute settlement (DSB) cases (1999-2008); External Trade Consultant, African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat (2002-2003); Deputy Director/ Adviser (Legal), Economic and Legal Section of the Special Advisory Services Division, Commonwealth Secretariat (2003-2008); Commonwealth Secretariat External Consultant (2002, 2010); Panelist in Japan – Measures Affecting the Importation of Apples, WT/DS245/R (2003); Japan – Measures Affecting the Importation of Apples: Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by the United States, WT/DS245/RW (2005); Commonwealth Secretariat Staff Association (Vice-Chair 2004-2006, Chair 2006-2007); 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); Alternate to the Attorney General on the Council of Legal Education (2009-2013, 2016-2019); member of Jamaica’s Delegation to the International Seabed Authority (2009-2020); Deputy Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority (2014-2017); Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) (2018-2020) and Acting President, Council, ISA (2020); Consultant, OAS study on Belize (2010) and OECS (2011); Consultant, CARICOM/Caribbean Development Bank study and IDB study (2012); Instructing Attorney in Noranda Bauxite Limited (formerly St Ann Bauxite Limited) vs. The Government of Jamaica (international commercial arbitration under The Bermuda Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1993 / UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules) (2015-2016); 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).

Member: Jamaican Bar (1985-present); National Consultative Group on the International Court of Justice (2014-present).

Publications: “The Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations by P.K. Menon”, Scholarly Research and Review, 1992; “CARICOM: Unity for Survival”, Free Trade in the Americas (An Hemispheric Approach), N. Lacasse & L. Perret (eds.), Wilson & Lafleur Ltee, Montreal, 1994; “‘Now that the Ship has Docked ...’: A Postscript to the Shiprider Debate” No. 67, CARICOM Perspectives, 1997; “The Shiprider Model: An Analysis of the U.S. Proposed Agreement Concerning Maritime Counter-Drug Operations in its Wider Legal Context”, No. 1, Contemporary Caribbean Legal Issues, 1997; “Access to Industrialized Country Markets – a CARICOM Perspective”; EC Parliament, PES Group, ‘Towards a Development Round: A Seminar on the WTO Millennium Round and Developing Countries’, Brussels, summary presentation published in Report on a Seminar hosted by the PES Group of the European Parliament, 2000; “The WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism – A Developing Country Perspective”, Internationale Berliner Wirtschaftsrechtsgespräche, Ulrich Immenga / Natalie Lübben / Hans Peter Schwintowski (eds.), Conflict Resolution in a Global Economy, Proceedings of the Fifth International Trade Law Conference, Humboldt University, 2000; “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; “Defining our Vulnerability: The Commodity Protocols and WTO Rules”, The Multilateral Aspects of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, Berthelot & Robin (eds.), Agence Francophonie & Commonwealth Secretariat, 2002; “Can Donors Help Countries to Negotiate and Maintain their Rights under Trade Agreements?” in: Trade and Aid: Partners or Rivals in Development Policy?, S. Page (ed.), Cameron, 2006; “Services Regulation in the Caribbean” (various topics), IDB-TN, April 2013; “FATCA and the IGAs in a nutshell …”, Jambar Journal, Vol. 26, 2013; “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; “The Draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area: ‘a work in progress’”; ISA 25th Anniversary, Brill, 2021, chapter 13.

Distinctions: University of the West Indies’ Mark of Merit (1979); University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Human Rights (1981); H.H. Dunn Award for Outstanding Work in Conveyancing from the Norman Manley Law School (1984); Induction into the Hall of Eminent International Caribbean Jurists (2019).