Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG QC is a barrister in practice from Chambers in London at 20 Essex Street, the founding Director of Legal Policy International Limited (LPI), and a Consulting Senior Fellow at The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). He serves as the Co-Director for the Harmonizing Standards in Armed Conflict project with Professor Sarah Cleveland. From May 2006 to May 2011, he was the principal Legal Adviser of the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Prior to this, he was in practice at the London Bar and Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge.
Sir Daniel has extensive experience in advising governments, international and non-governmental organizations, corporations and individuals on international legal and policy issues ranging from counter-terrorism and human rights to arms limitation, diplomatic engagements and peace negotiations. He has represented States and others in political fora, such as the United Nations, European Union and Council of Europe, as well as before domestic and international courts and tribunals ranging from the International Court of Justice to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the World Trade Organization and ad hoc arbitral tribunals.
Sir Daniel is a Bencher of Middle Temple. He was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2010.