David Hooper QC
  • A fantastic lawyer who is absolutely brilliant in court. When he starts to speak people stop what they're doing and listen.

    Chambers UK

  • He is a very affable and eloquent lawyer who is somebody that is able to draw communities together.

    Chambers UK

  • An experienced international criminal lawyer who is greatly respected for his dedication to his cases.

    Chambers UK

  • An excellent advocate who is extremely eloquent and very charming... He is very good indeed.

    Chambers UK

  • He is a very personable and open barrister who is able to deal with a wide range of people very effectively.  He is able to win the trust and confidence of people from a wide range of different countries..

    Chambers UK

  • Instructed to defend in the most agenda-setting International Criminal Court cases

    Legal 500

  • He has a track record of defending in international crime cases.

    Legal 500

  • He combines impressive advocacy with an incisive eye for the details of a case.

    Legal 500 2020

  • Very highly respected and someone with a well-earned reputation.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • His advocacy and legal skills impress.

    Chambers UK 2020

Called 1971

Silk 2010

David Hooper QC


David Hooper QC, a founder member of Chambers, has experience of many areas, particularly in criminal law where he has been involved in a wide range of significant cases over the years

Recommended as a leading silk in International Criminal Law in Chambers UK.

David Hooper Q.C.’s domestic practice has largely concerned serious criminal matters and extradition but his main area of practice over the past 20 years has been in International Criminal Law, with extensive experience representing accused before international Tribunals and Courts. The complex ICL cases involve, in addition to court and paper advocacy, investigating the case and managing a defence team. He was lead defence counsel before the International Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in the case of Andre Rwamakuba, a Minister in the 1994  Rwandan Government, and later for Father Nsengimana, a Catholic priest accused of genocide. Both were acquitted.  He was court appointed counsel at the ICTY to Vojislav Seselj, accused of ‘hate speech’.   Since 2007, David Hooper has been at the forefront of cases at the International Criminal Court, in The Hague, firstly as lead counsel in the DRC case of Germain Katanga,  presently in its reparations phase and, secondly, the Kenya election violence  case of William Ruto, ‘stayed’ at the conclusion of the prosecution case in 2016 for lack of evidence.  In the course of these case David has travelled extensively throughout Africa and until recently was based in The Hague. He has lectured extensively on ICL matters.


  • University of Kent at Canterbury
  • Jesus College, Cambridge.


  • David Hooper QC was elected the first President of the International Criminal Court Bar Association in 2016
  • Ranked in  Band 1 of Chambers and Partners 2017 for International Criminal Law.


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