David Hammond joined 9 Bedford Row International (9BRi), The Chambers of Anthony Berry QC in February 2013 following 21 years frontline service in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, firstly as a Seaman Officer before transferring to become a Royal Marines Officer, then flying as a naval helicopter pilot before becoming the first Royal Marines’ in-house barrister. He is a member of the 9BRi International Group and leads the expanding Maritime Practice with a background in criminal, maritime, international and humanitarian law.
David appears in the Legal 500 and provides representation and advice to international private, commercial and state clients from around the World. He is a member of the UK Stabilisation Unit as a Deployable Civilian Expert for security and justice matters and was the first head lawyer for the 2012 EU NESTOR Counter-Piracy programme in East Africa where he conceived and delivered the NESTOR Legal Advisory Programme through Brussels.
He is the founder and architect of the “Human Rights at Sea” (HRAS) international initiative launched in April 2014 covering issues of CSR, supply chain management, business and human rights, refugees, migrants, slavery, trafficking and a host of other emerging online tools in support of the initiative. Further, he heads the international Maritime Investigation Service for Globus Intelligence Limited covering investigations into maritime fraud, white collar crime, industry private investigations and human rights abuses. He is also the author of the 100 Series Rules for the Use of Force (RUF) and which has gained global recognition as the first international model set of RUF for use in the maritime industry by Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs).
David concurrently acts as UK Counsel to the Libyan National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR) in Tripoli where he drafted the NCCLHR adopted “Declaration of Adoption of the UN Guiding Principles for business and human rights” in Libya as a first for such human rights’ developments in North Africa. There, he promotes human rights and represents victims of rape. This year David was invited to give the 2014 keynote UN Association speech for the Annual 12th Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen International Law Lecture delivered at the School for African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) London concerning his international human rights experiences and his on-going international projects at sea.
David is a member of the Rule of Law Group for the Bar Council of England and Wales, a member of Chatham House, an Associate Research Fellow of the Greenwich Maritime Institute, a qualified international mediator, international speaker on maritime Rules for the Use of Force and human rights.
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