David Hammond has notable international practice covering public international, commercial, criminal and maritime law. After only 7 months in practice, David was nominated as the first barrister to be one of five finalists for the Lloyds List Global Awards 2013 for ‘Maritime Lawyer of the Year’ for his use of force and human rights work. Human Rights and Civil Liberties across the criminal, civil and commercial areas are key areas of practice.
David regularly takes instructions from a broad range of international government and private clients covering public and private international law, human rights, regulatory and maritime matters. He has acted for Governments in the Middle East for maritime boundary matters and for North African private clients and NGOs. He has drafted international bi-lateral agreements, memorandum of understanding, protocols and draft treaties at the highest levels of government. He is also well known in the UK and international Private Maritime Security Industry and has been instructed as independent counsel for international maritime associations and flag States.
David is a maritime industry leading expert for use of force having authored the industry accepted (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. The is also a leading voice and author for the on-going international development and codification of ‘Human Rights at Sea’ and ‘Temporary Deprivation of Liberty (Detention) at Sea’ guidance.
Most recently, David has been instructed by the Libyan National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Tripoli as sole UK Counsel. He is assisting in developing national rule of law initiatives, human rights strategic policies, legal training and lecturing in support of the new independent Libyan legal system.
David is qualified to accept direct Public Access instructions both from UK and international clients. He is also trained and experienced in strategic legal planning and project management for working in difficult environments around the world for matters involving sensitive and highly confidential client matters.
David is a member of the International and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) committees for the Bar Council of England and Wales and is an international mediation trainer and speaker.
Areas of Practice
- Civil Liberties and Human Rights
- Public and Private International Law
- Commercial regulatory
- 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
- UK and Foreign Government Advisory and in-house reviews
- International Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Chatham House
- Criminal Bar Association
- Member of the English & Welsh Bar International & Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees
- Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
- Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS)
- Honorary Research Fellow Greenwich Maritime Institute
International Work & Publications
- 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.
- 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.
- Author of the “Model Guiding Principles and Best Practice for the Application of Human Rights in the Maritime Industry” ©Copyright 2013 9BRi in association with the 100 Series Rules. See latest article here.
- 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. See latest articles here and here.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.