Caitlyn Antrim

Caitlyn Antrim teaches the Law of the Sea Seminar. She has lectured on the Law of the Sea Convention and on the negotiation of international agreements and regimes across the United States and Europe. She co-founded and serves as Executive Director of the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans, a group of scholars and practitioners in ocean law and diplomacy, where she provides information and analysis related to the United States effort to become party to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

She maintains a consulting practice in global resources issues, multilateral diplomacy and project management for nearly two decades, with clients in public, private and intergovernmental organizations. Her work has included serving as Executive Director of the American Academy of Diplomacy’s Project on Multilateral Negotiation, as an advisor to the President of the Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development and as a consultant on the economics of seabed minerals for the International Seabed Authority.

In government service, Ms. Antrim served as Deputy US Representative and Representative of the Secretary of Commerce to the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea. At the conclusion of the negotiations she moved to the legislative branch to join the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Ms. Antrim is also an innovator in the application of information systems to the practice of diplomacy. In 1979 she introduced the first real time, on site computer analysis for conference diplomacy at the Law of the Sea Conference. She later directed the project on Computer Assisted Negotiation at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1993, she became the founding director of the Delegate’s Computer Information Center of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Drought and Desertification.

Ms. Antrim has written extensively about global issues on topics ranging from leadership in conference diplomacy to mineral and metal policies and the relationship between energy and environment in the development of policies to address global climate change. She has lectured on negotiation, oceans and minerals policy at universities and research organizations in the US and abroad. She earned her SBME from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1971. On returning to civilian life, she returned to MIT to earn the professional degree of Environmental Engineer in 1977, specializing in ocean mineral development, international law and public policy.

Ms. Antrim volunteers her time with her high school, the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, and since 1995 she has served on the steering committee of the non-profit Washington Wine and Cheese Seminar. She also served as Treasurer of the Council on Ocean Law throughout the 1990s.

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