Dr. Robin Cleverly

Dr. Robin Cleverly

  • Director, Marbdy Consulting Ltd.

Dr Robin Cleverly founded Marbdy Consulting Ltd in March 2015 to supply expert technical advice in the field of maritime boundary determination particularly dispute resolution, principally to governments and law firms. This follows on from 25 years in the oil industry and 15 years working in the specialised field of maritime boundaries.

He joined the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Law of the Sea Group in 2003 and took over as Head of the Group at the beginning of 2012, heading up a multi-skilled team of five experts in the technical aspects of law of the sea. He left the UKHO in 2015 as part of a mutually agreed structural and strategic reorganisation.

As part of his role at the UKHO he provided technical advice to the UK and governments world-wide for the negotiation and delimitation of land, river and maritime boundaries, and also to oil majors and independents. He has worked extensively on international maritime boundary court cases: for Nigeria vs Cameroon, Barbados vs Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine vs Romania, Nicaragua vs Honduras, Chile vs Peru, Nicaragua vs Colombia and vs Costa Rica, Bangladesh vs Myanmar and vs India, Slovenia vs Croatia, and UK vs Mauritius.

He is a member of the UK delegation for the UK’s four outer continental shelf submissions to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), and of the Nicaraguan team for its submission. He also advises governments on issues concerned with oil resource distribution, joint development zones, and delimitation and delineation of the outer continental shelf.

He has presented papers on technical aspects of maritime boundary delimitation and continental shelf issues at international conferences, and runs training courses and workshops. He is a co-author of “A Practitioner’s Guide to Maritime Boundary Delimitation” to be published in late 2015 by Oxford University Press.

He is a Fellow of the Geological Society and a Chartered Geologist, a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the British Branch of the International Law Association. He enjoys watching cricket and is a member of MCC and Somerset County Cricket Club.

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