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Executive Director - Caitlyn Antrim

Caitlyn Antrim is the Executive Director of the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans, which she co-founded with John Temple Swing in 2007. She has served as Executive Director of the Committee since its founding. She brings to this position four decades of experience and study in the law of the sea and in the negotiation and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. From 1988 to 2002 she served as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Council on Ocean Law, a non-profit organization whose mission was to inform the public with information and analysis regarding the Law of the Sea Convention and the importance of the Convention to the United States. She previously served as a guest expert of the President of the preparatory committee for the UN Conference on Environment and Development and a member of the conference secretariat for the International Negotiating Committee on Drought and Desertification and she directed research programs on international negotiation for the American Academy of Diplomacy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In the area of minerals and materials policy. Ms. Antrim directed the study of strategic materials for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, was project officer for the National Academy of Sciences study of the competitiveness of the domestic minerals industry and team leader of a study of markets for metals from deep seabed mining for the Secretary of Commerce. She has also consulted with a private US firm on the commercial opportunities for deep seabed mining.

Ms. Antrim served as a US Deputy Representative to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea and as Representative of the Secretary of Commerce and Administrator of NOAA on the US delegation in 1982, and she served as an adviser on seabed mining issues on the delegation in 1979 and 1980. She has served as a consultant to the United Nations and to the International Seabed Authority on mineral and deep seabed mining issues.

Ms. Antrim teaches Law of the Sea at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC. She earned the professional degree of Engineer in the field of natural resources at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977 with a thesis titled "Effects of Regulatory Constraints on the Deep Seabed Mining Industry." She holds an SB in Mechanical Engineering from MIT where she was also designated a Distinguished Naval Graduate and commissioned in the United States Navy in 1971.

Ms. Antrim has given lectures and presentations, published articles and debated on the topics of the law of the sea, the arctic, critical and strategic minerals, and the processes of international negotiation for academic and public events. Parties interested in inviting her to speak at, or participate in, events may contact her through the ROLCO website.

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