The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP


Prime Minister of Jamaica

“I am pleased to commend to you, and to seek your Government’s support for Dr. Kathy-Ann Brown, Jamaica’s candidate to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

An experienced jurist, Dr. Brown has had a distinguished career in the field of international law in various capacities at the national, regional and global levels. As an academic, practitioner and legal advisor, she has consistently exercised sound judgment and demonstrated absolute commitment to the application of the rule of law in the interest of all countries.


Dr. Brown is eminently qualified to serve on the ITLOS. Her expertise and competence is impressive. Organisations such as the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and Commonwealth Secretariats, the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM), among others, have benefitted immensely from her invaluable contributions and support to the technical assistance needs of developing countries.


On the strength of that outstanding track record, the fifteen Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have unanimously endorsed Dr. Brown’s candidacy for a seat on the ITLOS. Indeed, Dr. Brown’s contribution to the development of international law has been acknowledged by her peers in the region with her induction into the Eminent Caribbean Jurists Hall of Fame by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Academy of Law in October 2019.


We are very proud of the role that Dr. Brown has been playing as Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) since July 2018. Her election to the ITLOS will assure greater gender parity  and enhance the representation of the Common Law system, which is currently under-represented. This, in fulfillment of the Tribunal’s requirement for representation of the principal legal systems of the world as well as equitable geographic distribution of its membership.


I have every confidence that Dr. Kathy-Ann Brown will discharge the functions of the Tribunal with absolute fairness and integrity and I therefore, unreservedly recommend your Government‘s support of her candidacy for election to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea for the period 2020-2029.”

Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith,


Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica

“Throughout her distinguished career of service as an academic and legal practitioner with over thirty years of experience, Dr. Kathy-Ann Brown has always demonstrated the highest level of integrity in her provision of legal advice. She has served the Government of Jamaica for many years and her influence and impact on the Law of the Sea discussions have been far reaching. Her outstanding balance of judicial temperament and erudition are qualities which make her an excellent candidate to advance the work of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).


I am therefore pleased to reaffirm my full confidence in Dr. Brown’s candidature for election to the ITLOS for the period 2020 – 2029. Jamaica looks forward to receiving your Government’s support.”

Judge Patrick Robinson,


International Court of Justice

“In Dr. Kathy-Ann Brown, Jamaica has an excellent candidate for election as a Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. 


Dr. Brown, who worked with me in the Attorney General's Department in Jamaica, is highly qualified in all areas of international law, but particularly so in the Law of the Sea; as such, I have every confidence that she will make a significant contribution to the work of the Tribunal. Her sharp, brilliant, and analytical legal mind, as demonstrated in her work and publications, equips her admirably for this post.”

Kathy-Ann Brown

 FOR ITLOS (2020- 2029) 

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