5 Essex Court

Peter Laverack

Call 2015

Human Rights

Peter joined 5 Essex Court with several years’ experience of international human rights law.  He has temporary call to the Bar of the Cayman Islands, where he was junior counsel in Day and Bodden Bush v the Governor, a same-sex marriage and civil partnership challenge.  He was the claimant’s international advisor in Jones v AG Trinidad and Tobago, the case that decriminalised homosexuality in that jurisdiction.

Peter previously worked for a London-based NGO that brought strategic human rights litigation.  There, he assisted claimants in domestic litigation in Commonwealth countries, produced policy documents for use by UK Government departments and EU Institutions, gave written and oral evidence at a UK Parliamentary Inquiry on human rights violations, and advised on mechanisms to enforce international human rights obligations.

Peter’s previous role a solicitor included acting for corporates accused of human rights violations.  He also worked as a Legal Consultant to the prosecution section in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, which secured the guilty verdict against the surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime.