David is a former military seafarer, veteran Royal Marines officer and qualified English barrister. He founded Human Rights at Sea in 2014 after witnessing first-hand the volume and scale of human rights abuses that take place at sea. David has significant practical maritime and legal experience, having served in the North and South Atlantic Oceans, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf and South China Seas. He has worked in challenging environments, teaching and practising international human rights and international humanitarian law around the world at state, EU and UN level. He is a Member of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
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