David Hammond


Human Rights at Sea was founded on 3 April 2014 by David Hammond, now a non-practising English Barrister, former military seafarer and retired Royal Marines’ Officer. He has practical maritime operator (bridge and rotary aviation), front-line operational and legal-related experience as 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 on-going 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.