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The Carter Center

Atlanta, United States
Joined March 2020

The Carter Center’s Rule of Law Program (RoL) works in partnership with governments, civil society, and international and regional bodies to improve governance and transform lives through a meaningful

Presence in: Bangladesh, Guatemala, Liberia, United States
Focus: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

Our Goal

The Carter Center’s Rule of Law Program (formerly known as Global Access to Information) works in partnership with governments, civil society, and international and regional bodies to improve governance and transform lives through a meaningful right of access to information and justice.

Guiding Principles

Access to information is a fundamental human right and a multi-dimensional tool serving both governments and citizens. Enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right of access to information improves governance and lives, making public administration more transparent and accountable and enabling citizens to understand policies, help determine public priorities, and use information to ensure the exercise of their other human rights, including the rights to education, employment, and a safe environment.

Our Strategy

Since 1999, The Carter Center has served as a leader in advancing the right of access to information, working in partnership with governments and civil society groups to pass, implement, and enforce access to information laws in focus countries; collaborating closely with international and regional bodies; sharing international experiences; providing technical assistance; and serving as a resource to advance the right around the world.

Currently, the Rule of Law Program works in four distinct but complementary areas, allowing us to engage at both international and national levels, serve as a nexus between the two, and institute innovative programming to assure that governance, transparency, and the fundamental right to information reaches even the most disadvantaged.

People Associated With This Organization

Kimberly Brown

United States  
The Carter Center
Joined September 2015
Interests: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am an avid human rights and rule of law advocate, with more than 14 years of professional experience largely in international law, access to justice, development and gender. At present I am Associate Director of the Rule of Law Program at The Carter Center, where I help manage the program's projects that aim to advance the rule of law with a focus on access to justice.

I hold a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Case Western Reserve University School of Law (with a concentration in International Law, with Honors), a Master’s degree in International Development and Policy from The University of Chicago (with a certificate in Global Conflict Studies), and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Fordham University (cum laude). I am also honored to be an inaugural Obama Scholar.

Prior to joining the Center, I served as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies-SDG16+ at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation. From 2015-2018, I served as a Program Manager - Access to Justice and Gender Reforms, with the International Development Law Organization in Nairobi, managing the development of programmatic interventions towards implementation of the 2010 Constitution of Kenya. My work has helped contribute to important legal and policy reforms, with a focus on judicial reforms.

From 2013-2015, I worked with Equality Now’s Africa Office on their Justice for Girls projects in the region and provided support to Solidarity of African Women’s Rights Coalition initiatives in furtherance of the Maputo Protocol and international human rights. In this capacity, I contributed to a broad range of projects relating to women’s rights, sexual violence, FGM, legal research, advocacy, and human rights litigation (including at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights). Countries of focus included Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Sudan, Mauritania, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.

Before that, I worked with the International Law Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence in Uganda, the Office of the Co-Prosecutors at the ECCC/Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia, the American Bar Association - International Law Section, Public International Law & Policy Group’s War Crimes Prosecution Watch, and Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Kimberly Brown is the network champion (main point of contact) for The Carter Center.

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