David Hammond Esq دايفيد هامون
David Hammond has a specialist practice combining international public law, humanitarian, maritime and criminal expertise covering defence, prosecution and advisory matters not just in the UK, but around the globe for private clients, individual States, the UN and the EU.
David has been instructed in Magistrates, Crown and High Courts for a variety of matters covering various criminal offences, fraud, asset recovery and human rights abuses. He has the international lead for developing the maritime Rules for the Use of Force(RUF) and Deprivation of Liberty guidance at sea and he both conceived and founded the international Human Rights at Sea organisation as the pre-eminent independent maritime human rights platform. David also conceived and founded the global Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme another international first in support of missing seafarers and fishermen. He has a strong interest in anti-slavery, IUU and investigation of maritime crime.
David has drafted international state-level agreements, protocols and was the first person to formally introduce Business and Human Rights into North Africa in 2013. Head lawyer for the European Union in East Africa with extensive counter-piracy and human trafficking experience, and political experience in Brussels, he is also UK Counsel to Libyan National Counsel for Civil Liberties and Human Rights. David is a member of the English Bar Council’s Rule of Law Committee and is noted in the Legal 500. In 2013, he was the Lloyds finalist for maritime lawyer of the year and is a UK Deployable Civilian Expert for global law and justice matters in complex environments.
David’s legal, management and project skills are significant as a result of 25 years international work for governments, NGOs and private clients. He has a broad legal, political and security focused network and intimately understands the practical legal requirements and policy processes for setting up new international projects and structures.
March 2015. David is currently instructed as the Head International Humanitarian Law (IHL) trainer for the European Union’s Training Mission in Mali. He is responsible for running the IHL theoretical and scenario based field training for the Malian armed forces in-country and which includes Law of Armed Conflict, the Geneva Conventions and Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) as part of the UK Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI).
David has current PSVI experience representing victims of rape in Libya and with fellow 9BRi counsel, prosecuted the UNSCR 1325 mock trials at the UK hosted Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in June 2014. The summit was attended by over 120 countries and more than 900 delegates, including many from conflict affected countries. The summit agreed practical steps to end impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war and to begin to change global attitudes to these crimes.
The aim of the Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme through the use of the ‘Missing Seafarers Register’ is to build an accurate international database of the status of seafarers and fishermen missing at sea on a global basis. Read more at: www.missingseafarers.org
David is a leading voice and the founder of the international development and codification of the ‘Human Rights at Sea’ (HRAS) international maritime initiative. David has variously appeared live on TV New Zealand One News breakfast show, as well as for the BBC providing expert opinion concerning maritime human rights abuses and related matters.
حقوق الإنسان، وشمال أفريقيا، ليبيا. دايفيد مكلَّف من المجلس الوطني الليبي للحريات المدنية وحقوق الإنسان في طرابلس كمستشار قانوني بريطاني. وهو يساعد في تطوير المبادرات الوطنية لحكم القانون، والسياسات الاستراتيجية لحقوق الإنسان، وصياغة وثائق المجلس الوطني للحريات المدنية وحقوق الإنسان، والتدريب القانوني والمحاضرات. كما يقدّم خدمات خاصة لموكّلين من المواطنين الليبيين الذين يسعون إلى تمثيل دولي.
Areas of Practice
- Public International Law
- Civil Liberties and Human Rights
- Counter-Piracy and Private Maritime Security Company Advisory
- Criminal and Commercial Use of Force
- Fraud (Criminal and Civil)
- Maritime Crime
- International Maritime Law, Law of the Sea and Maritime Boundary Advisory
- International Criminal Law
- International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
- UK and Foreign Government Advisory and in-house reviews
- International Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
- International Bar Association (IBA)
- International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI)
- Chatham House
- Criminal Bar Association (CBA)
- Member of the English & Welsh Bar Rule of Law Committee
- Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
- Honorary Research Fellow Greenwich Maritime Institute
- Mali, Sahel. European Union Head International Humanitarian Law trainer for EU mandated Training Mission.
- Duty to Investigate abuses at sea. Guidance produced with Stevenson Harwood LLP. HERE.
- Private Detention at Sea. Development with MARSAFNET of guiding principles of private detention by commercial ships in international waters.
- Libya, Mahgreb. Rule of Law and Human Rights advisory instruction to the Libyan National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR) in Tripoli as UK Counsel and NCCLHR lead in London. David was the author of the NCCLHR “Declaration of Adoption of the UN Guiding Principles for business and human rights” which was adopted on 19 January 2014 in Tripoli. This was a first in North Africa.
- Maritime NGO. Partner to The Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative for child pirates (HERE), use of force, protection of human rights of the child and detention / temporary deprivation of liberty at sea working practices.
- United Nations. UNICRI drafting committee subject matter expert (maritime human rights and use of force) for the Italian Governments’ Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ initiative for international guidance as to the employment of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) by Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs) on board ships.
- Maritime Human Rights: Author and founder of the “Human Rights at Sea” (HRAS) ©Copyright 2014 DEH international maritime Human Rights initiative.
- Maritime Use of Force. The 100 Series Rules: An International Model Standard for Rules for the Use of Force. Conceived and delivered first international set of maritime Rules for the Use of Force for the benefit of the international maritime community, commercially ratified and State acknowledged by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) at Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) 92 June 2013. Update here. David was selected as a finalist for the Lloyds List Global Awards 2013 for “Maritime Lawyer of the Year” for his work.
- Counter-Piracy. EU CAP NESTOR. Head legal advisor and national representative for conception, inception and establishment of the European Union Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) counter-piracy Legal Advisory Programme as part of “NESTOR” across five East African States as part of the Council Decision 2012/389/CFSP . Conceived and developed ongoing rule of law programmes in Somalia (2012).
- International Boundaries. Kuwait/Iraq Khor Abd Allah Protocols (“KAA Protocols”). Conceived and delivered the Khor Abd Allah (KAA) maritime boundary Protocols as between Kuwait and Iraq (2008), promoting mutual respect and customary use of a shared waterway to assist in de-escalating regional post-conflict tensions. Drafted text based on International law convention which remains extant and used on a daily basis.(May 2008-current).
- Prosecution. Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) “Service Police and Prosecutors’ Evidential Guide to Fraud” publication (2nd Edition, September 2010). Conceived and drafted the first in-house fraud publication for HM Armed Forces.
Articles, Publications & Speeches
- The Increasing Scope of the obligation to investigate Human Rights abuses at Sea.
- Thailand: Thai Government makes right decision concerning Prison Labour at sea.
- The Maritime Executive – Slavery at Sea article
- “The assassination of Salwa Bugaighis in Benghazi – a blow for Human Rights in Libya” Libya Herald & 9BRi Article
- 12th Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen International Law Lecture “Establishing human rights in post-revolution states and in international waters” Precis and Audio transcript
- Human Rights. Libya. UNGP Precedent set in North Africa – Libya Herald
- Human Rights. Libya. “Declaration of Adoption of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights” 20140119-NCCLHR_Declaration_of_Adoption_of_UN_Guiding_Principles-ENGLISH-Signed- 19 January 2014.
- Human Rights. Libya. UN SRSG for Libya Endorsement of the NCCLHR. December 2013.
- Human Rights. Libya. NCCLHR statement as to Gharghour killings. November 2013.
- Human Rights. Libya. NCCLHR first international interview. The Gharghour massacre. November 2013.
- Human Rights. Libya. A letter from Tripoli. The Gharghour massacre. November 2013.
- Maritime. Use of Force and Human Rights. BunkerSpot Article: “Writing the Rules“. October/November 2013.
- Human Rights. Libya. Legal Study during the Libyan Revolution. Co-author. Counsel Magazine. September 2013.
- Maritime. Use of Force and Human Rights. Fairplay Article: “The Next phase -Human Rights at Sea” August 2013.
- Human Rights. Libya. National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR) Introduction. June 2013.
- Maritime. 100 Series Rules. An international model set of maritime rules for the use of force (May 2013)
- Maritime. MSS Global article – Q&A for the 100 Series Rules for the Use of Force.
- Counsel Magazine International Rule of Law articles: “Rebuilding Justice” (July 2010), “Rule of Law and Maritime Capacity Building in Somalia” (May-June 2012).
- Contributing author to Christian W. J. Cartner, John A. C. Cartner & .P. Fiske, Defending against Pirates: The International Law of Small Arms, Armed Guards and Privateers (April 2011)
- 02/12 – 01/13: Quadrant Chambers, London – Commercial maritime law
- 08/12: Southampton University Institute of Maritime Law – Short Maritime Law Course
- 11/11: International arbitration training with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), London. Associate Member of CIArb.
- 07/10: Cambridge University, Magdalene College. International Humanitarian, Maritime & Public Law training with the British Red Cross.
- 03/07: Commercial Mediator accreditation, 218 The Strand, London.
- 01/07 – 02/07: Oxford University International Maritime & Public Law training.
- 08/06: Called The Honourable Society of Middle Temple.
- 08/06 – 09/07: Pupillage 23 Essex Street Chambers, London.
- 09/05 – 07/06: BVC: College of Law, London.
- 09/04 – 07/05: PgDL (LLB): College of Law, London.