5 Essex Court

Peter Laverack

Call 2015



Peter previously worked as a Legal Consultant in the prosecution section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the UN tribunal of international criminal law tasked with prosecuting the Khmer Rouge for genocide and crimes against humanity.  There, he produced legal research into international criminal law and comparative common law and civil law.

Prior to transferring to the Bar, Peter was for four years a litigation and arbitration solicitor at Hogan Lovells.  In particular, he worked on matters of public and private international law.  For corporate clients, he assisted with an early-case-assessment concerning accusations of complicity in human rights abuses in the vicinity of mining operations, and advised on strategies to defend enforcement proceedings regarding contracts deemed unconstitutional. At Hogan Lovells, he represented clients in court litigation, international arbitration (LCIA, ICC) and mediation.

Education & Qualifications

2015 Called to the Bar by Inner Temple,

2012 Admitted Solicitor-Advocate

2010 Admitted Solicitor of England & Wales

2015 King’s College London LLM International Law (Distinction) 

2007 BPP Professional EducationLegal Practice Course (Commendation)

2006 Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation)

2004 University of Oxford BA, Philosophy, Politics & Economics (2:1)


2015 ‘Legal Hero’, Law Society of England & Wales (for anti-discrimination work)

2015 International runner-up, International Moot Court Competition, Law & Religion

2015 Winner, Landmark Chambers’ Human Rights Moot Competition


Chinese Mandarin (Upper Intermediate: Peking University).

Selected Publications and Seminars

Belize decriminalises homosexuality: Caleb Orozco v Attorney General of Belize [2016] E.H.R.L.R., 556.

International Human Rights Law, Domestic Constitutions and the Common Law: the Criminalisation of Homosexuality Testing the Efficacy of Different Sources of Law [2016] E.H.R.L.R., 411.

International Human Rights Law in Judicial Review: Moohan and R(SG) as Guides to Present and Post-Human Rights Act Legal Landscapes [2016] E.H.R.L.R., 73.

The Rise of Asia and the Status of the French Language in International Law [2015] Chinese J.I.L., 567.

What if the Khmer Rouge had Twitter? Lessons for today’s online Jihadists on liability under Joint Criminal Enterprise [2015] Alt.L.J., 190.

Our Story: The History of LGBT Rights in the UK, February 2017, LGBT List, London, presented to the public to mark 50 years since England’s decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Criminalising Homosexuality: Irreconcilable with Good Governance, April 2016, Embassy of the Netherlands, Brussels.