David Hammond Esq

Called 2006 (Middle Temple)


DEH Head ShotDavid 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.

EUTM_Mali 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). DEH - Robed 01David 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.

MSRP_Logo_Box-TM-Reduced 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


100 Series TM Logo 2014 COMPRESSEDMaritime Use of Force & Human Rights. David is a maritime industry leading expert for use of force having authored the industry developed (ISO PAS 28007-2) and United Nations (UN) International Maritime Organisation (IMO) recognised international model set of maritime Rules for the Use of Force, widely known and referred to as the “100 Series Rules”.



Basic CMYK 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.
BBC 24 News 2 Jan 15-5
The Human Rights at Sea international initiative’s aim is to explicitly raise awareness, implementation and accountability of human rights provisions throughout the maritime environment, especially where they are currently absent, ignored or being abused.

Human Rights. North Africa. Libya.
David has been instructed by the Libyan National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR) in Tripoli as sole UK Counsel. NCCLHR Official logoHe has assisted in developing national rule of law initiatives, human rights strategic policies, drafting of core NCCLHR documentation, legal training and lecturing. He also provides private client services to Libyan nationals seeking international representation. See “Articles” below.

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.


MARSAFENET LOGO SCREEN SHOTDavid is a member of the MARSAFENET programme. Marsafenet aims to bring together experts in international law of the sea in order to increase the knowledge on these topics and to develop a common conceptual and methodological framework with the goal of contributing to fill the legal gaps and of transforming scientific results into feasible solutions for ensuring safety and security at sea. The Action is intended to foster the identification and exploitation of synergies between EU policies on maritime safety and security and to be complementary to the existing European cross-sectorial initiatives in this area, allowing the existing knowledge to be shared and enhanced within a structured comparative framework, with a view to disseminating findings at national and international level and identifying inputs for supporting the decision-making process in the field.


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


International Work

  • 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.
  • Counter-PiracyEU 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



  • 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.


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