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Donald Peter Herbert is a leading human rights barrister who has a distinguished career at the English Bar having appeared in the European Court of Human Rights and as Lead Defence Counsel before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Peter has led in high profile civil rights cases throughout England and Wales. Peter has extensive experience at the Family Bar having appeared in the Victoria Climbie Inquiry, with leading work including Judicial Review , employment discrimination cases, inquests and civil actions against the police.

News & Updates

See a brief summary of current news releases and updates.

November 2010

New Release on the Dr. Augustin Ngirabatware International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Read on...

16 November 2010

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda - Defence Opening Statement Prosecutor Vs. Dr Augustin Ngirabatware. Read on...


Judicial Career

Peter has a wealth of Judicial experience, being only one of a handful of minority Judges who sit in three separate jurisdictions. Peter has sat as a part time Immigration Judge, since 1996.since 2002 peter has sat as a Recorder in the Crown Court and as a Part time Employment Tribunal Chair. Peter also Chaired two Mental Homicide Inquiries sitting in a quasi- Judicial capacity. more...

International Experience

Peter has an extensive international career having appeared in cases in the Caribbean, and before the United Nations (ICTR) in Tanzania as Lead Counsel, He has been an observer for Amnesty International Amnesty International at the Appeal of the Grenada 17 Coup leaders appeal hearing and represented the “show bomber” Richard Reid in a humanitarian capacity. His diverse activities have included organising the first US Department of Justice Conference in London jointly with SBL in 1998. Peter has spoken at the Commonwealth Magistrates Association Conference in Cape Town, Accra and Malawi and received the American Bar Association, “Spirit of Excellence Award” in 2002 and the National Bar Association Human Rights Award in 1998. more...