5 Essex Court

Peter Laverack

Call 2015

Human Rights

Peter joined 5 Essex Court with several years’ experience of human rights law in the domestic courts, foreign common law courts, and at the regional and international levels.  
He is junior counsel in Day and Bodden Bush v the Attorney General of the Cayman Islands, a same-sex marriage and civil partnership challenge. He is junior counsel in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in a challenge to decriminalise homosexuality. He was the claimant’s international advisor in Jones v the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago, the case that decriminalised homosexuality in that jurisdiction. He has also advised potential amici curiae on comparative law in an appeal to the US Supreme Court.

Peter previously worked as a Legal Consultant to 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, and advised on mechanisms to enforce international human rights obligations. He also worked as a Legal Consultant to the prosecution section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, which secured the guilty verdict against the surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime.

His previous role as a solicitor included acting for corporates accused of human rights violations.  
Peter has delivered talks and seminars on human rights issues in various forums, including at the UK Parliament, to EU Institutions, and at schools and universities. He has published extensively in academic journals on human rights and international law.