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Title COLLOQUIUM: Dr. Robert W. SMITH (April 21, 2017)
Date 1970-01-01
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DILA COLLOQUIUM ON INTERNATIONAL LAW

THOUGHTS ON MARITIME BOUNDARY DELIMITATIONS AND SOVEREIGNTY DISPUTES

Speaker : DR. Robert W. SMITH

Independent Geographic Consultant & Educator/Lecturer

[Geographer, U.S. Dept. of State, Retired]

 
Hosted by:

​The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea 

The Development of International Law in Asia-KOREA  (DILA-KOREA)
http://www.dila-korea.org
DATE: April 21 (Friday), 2017; 16:00 - 20:00

VENUE: Fraser Place Central Seoul (2F)
 

 

SPEAKER: Dr. Robert W. SMITH

1975-2006: GEOGRAPHER, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
As the U.S. government expert on maritime boundary and jurisdictional issues, Dr. Smith assisted in the development and implementation of U.S. ocean policy. He was responsible for the technical and geographical aspects of negotiating U.S. bilateral maritime boundaries and establishing U.S. claims to marine jurisdiction. In this role, he coordinated the U.S. effort to develop technically accurate and precise boundaries and outer limits for the territorial sea, contiguous zone, exclusive economic zone, and the continental shelf. For the establishment of U.S. maritime limits, he assured that all U.S. claims were in accordance to the international law of the sea principles using modern charting techniques. He represented the U.S. Government at international meetings and conferences, including United Nations meetings, on subjects of my expertise.
His State Department career was spent in two offices: in the Office of The Geographer (1975-87) he served as the Chief of the International Boundary and Resource Division where he supervised several geographic analysts before becoming the Special Assistant of Ocean Affairs and Policy Planning. From 1987 to March 2006 he was the geographer for the Office of Oceans Affairs in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Throughout his State Department career he oversaw and was the principal author of the State Department’s Limits in the Seas studies, in which analyses is given on the state practice of maritime claims and boundaries.


CURRENT: INDEPENDENT GEOGRAPHIC CONSULTANT, EDUCATOR, AND LECTURER
Advise on all aspects of ocean policies and planning including developing strategies for exploring and exploiting offshore resources in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner. Provide geographical and technical expertise for maritime boundary delimitation and arbitrations, offshore jurisdictional claims, sovereignty disputes, and the development of offshore energy resources. Write position papers to support policy decisions on the rational development and management of marine resources. Provide technical and geographical expert testimony in domestic and international courts. Teach the geographical aspects of the law of the sea and world regional and cultural geography. Lecture on current world topics such a piracy, the law of the sea, maritime disputes and strategic international waterways and regions, such as the Panama Canal, Suez Canal, Turkish Straits, the South China Sea, and Polar regions. Clients include the Governments of Bangladesh, Colombia, Guyana, Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, British Gas-Asia, ExxonMobil, International Mapping Associates, the Rhodes Academy, U.S. Department of Justice, International Shipboard Education’s Semester at Sea program, Azamara and Silversea Cruise Lines, and several international law firms.

 

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