Kathy-Ann Brown is Deputy Solicitor General in charge of the International Affairs Division, of the Attorney General’s Chambers, Jamaica. She assumed duties on 1 December 2008. She was Deputy Director/Legal Advisor with the Economic and Legal Section of the Special Advisory Services Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat (UK). There she worked for a period of five (5) years with a team of international lawyers and economists on trade and investment issues, providing demand-driven technical assistance based on Members’ requests. During the year prior to joining the Secretariat, she was engaged by the Commonwealth to provide support to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat (Brussels) in the negotiations with the EU on economic partnership agreements. Further, prior to that, she was based in Geneva and London as Senior Technical Advisor (Legal – International Trade) with the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM). During that time she worked not only on WTO issues, but also closely followed the ACP-EU negotiations and was CARICOM’s Lead Negotiator in the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) Negotiating Group on Subsidies, Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Measures. She assumed this role in March 1998 on secondment from the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies (UWI) where she served as a member of staff from 1991 teaching a variety of international law courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
In 2002, Dr. Brown was nominated by the WTO Director General to serve as a panellist in WTO dispute settlement proceedings and subsequently also served as an arbitrator. She has acted as counsel in a number of WTO cases involving Caribbean interests.
Dr. Kathy-Ann Brown is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies – where she undertook her undergraduate studies. She subsequently attended Normal Manley Law School for her professional training before being called to the bar in Jamaica. She is also a graduate of Cambridge University, England where she gained a Masters degree in Law, before pursing doctoral studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada.