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David Hammond, is a non-practising English Barrister, former military seafarer and retired Royal Marines’ Officer. He was the first in-house Counsel in the British Royal Marines.

David’s international advisory work has been recognised by the UK Government, the UN and European institutions. His work has been quoted by, and he has spoken in, the European Parliament on migration and deprivation of liberty matters. He has published and co-authored numerous maritime human rights publications, and has been instructed in leading legal and advisory roles for European Union missions around the world as a former member of the UK’s Stabilisation Unit.

He is a leading advocate for the ongoing international development and drive for the explicit codification of the concept of ‘Human Rights at Sea’ throughout the maritime environment, and its inclusion in applicable future national and international legislation. He founded the Human Rights at Sea UK-based charity in 2014.

A finalist for Maritime Lawyer of the Year in the 2013 Lloyds List Awards and was UK Counsel to the Libyan National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR) where he conceived and introduced the ‘Declaration for Adoption of Business and Human Rights’ into Libya for the first time on 19 January 2014 and where he represented rape victims in their fight for justice.

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