Coalter G. Lathrop

President, Sovereign Geographic

 

EDUCATION

Duke Law, LL.M., Public International Law, cum laude, 2006

Duke Law, J.D., cum laude, 2006

University of Washington, Master of Marine Affairs, 1998

Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1991

LANGUAGES

English, Spanish

BAR ADMISSIONS

North Carolina

 

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Coalter Lathrop delivers a unique combination of international legal expertise and cartographic skills to support his boundary clients at the negotiating table and before the bench. He is among an elite group of lawyers who have litigated before the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Lathrop’s technical expertise and deep specialization set him apart from others in the field of public international law.

For two decades, Lathrop has represented and advised sovereign states in land and maritime boundary disputes and provided negotiation support and advice on related issues to governments and private interests in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America. He has published and presented extensively on the law of the sea, the Arctic, island sovereignty, and maritime boundaries. He serves as the editor of International Maritime Boundaries and has taught advanced international law courses at Duke Law.

Sovereign Geographic provides the following services:

  • legal counsel and advocacy in international boundary litigation
  • negotiation and litigation support services, including
    • analysis of geographic and historic fact patterns, and
    • custom cartography and information graphics for written and oral pleadings
  • development and submission of claims to maritime area, including submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf
  • boundary risk analysis for potential concessionaires and other private entities
  • expert witness testimony in matters related to the law of the sea, and territorial and maritime boundaries
  • expert advice related to lines, limits and other aspects of the law of the sea

Coalter G. Lathrop

President, Sovereign Geographic

 

Coalter Lathrop delivers a unique combination of international legal expertise and cartographic skills to support his boundary clients at the negotiating table and before the bench. He is among an elite group of lawyers who have litigated before the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.  Lathrop’s technical expertise and deep specialization set him apart from others in the field of public international law.

For two decades, Lathrop has represented and advised sovereign states in land and maritime boundary disputes and provided negotiation support and advice on related issues to governments and private interests in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America. He has published and presented extensively on the law of the sea, the Arctic, island sovereignty, and maritime boundaries. He serves as the editor of International Maritime Boundaries and has taught advanced international law courses at Duke Law.

Sovereign Geographic provides the following services:

  • legal counsel and advocacy in international boundary litigation
  • negotiation and litigation support services, including
    • analysis of geographic and historic fact patterns, and
    • custom cartography and information graphics for written and oral pleadings
  • development and submission of claims to maritime area, including submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf
  • boundary risk analysis for potential concessionaires and other private entities
  • expert witness testimony in matters related to the law of the sea, and territorial and maritime boundaries
  • expert advice related to lines, limits and other aspects of the law of the sea

 

EDUCATION

Duke Law, LL.M., Public International Law, cum laude, 2006

Duke Law, J.D., cum laude, 2006

University of Washington, Master of Marine Affairs, 1998

Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1991

LANGUAGES

English, Spanish

BAR ADMISSIONS

North Carolina

 

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