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International Career

Peter has an extensive international career commencing in 1988  when he spoken at the annual conference of the National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) at Howard University, meeting Angela Davis and other leading civil rights activists. Over the coming years Peter has strengthened his international credentials the with his first case before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Gregory v the United Kingdom led by Michael Mansfield Q.C.. Peter has addressed the 50th anniversary of the NAACP in New York in 1992.

Peter joined by the late Rudy Narayan and spoke at the  50th anniversary of the NAACP in New York in 1992 and has spoken all over  the USA at the various annual meetings of the National Bar Association being awarded their Human Rights Award in 1998. He has attended and often spoken at legal conferences on diversity, human rights and employment practice on many occasions in Europe, Africa, and North America. Peter  organised the first joint conference on Race Hate Crime between the US Department of Justice and the Society of Black Lawyers in 1998 with the Honorable Eric Holder, the current US Attorney General, who he met in Washington DC on the tragic day that the  US Embassy was destroyed in Tanzania and Dar es Salaam.

In December 2009 Peter  played a leading role in organising a two day international conference on criminal justice with the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO), on human rights and dversity led by Baroness Patricia Scotland and by the President Mavis Thompson of the National Bar Association (USA).  In 2002 Peter  was awarded the American Bar Association “Spirit of Excellence” Award for Human Rights and Diversity in Philadelphia and spoke out against the unlawful detentions in Guatanomo bay.

Peter has spoken at major conferences on criminal and social justice in Toronto for the SBL, in Bucharest on behalf of the Metropolitan Police and in Cape Town as a Judge. Peter has appeared in a fraud trial in the Turks and Caicos Islands and assisted in the pro bono challenge to the election result in 2002  by the former Prime Minister. In 2002 Peter helped to represent the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid on a humanitarian basis visiting him in prison in Boston and liaising with his trial lawyers before his trial. In 2004 when Peter was an selected as an observer  for Amnesty International at the Appeal hearing of the  “Grenada 17” Coup leaders appealing against their conviction and sentence, heard in St Lucia in 2004.

Peter’s work at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as Lead Counsel, was to represent the late Jean Bosco Barayagwiza, in his appeal against conviction and sentence, in the celebrated “Media Trial” which dealt with numerous allegations of the role of the print and Radio media in the genocide highlighted in part by the film Hotel Rwanda. The current case involves representation for  Dr Augustin Ngirabatware, as Lead Counsel where the former Rwandan Minister of Planning is alleged to have committed genocide and various crimes against humanity.. The Prosecution closed their case in August of this year. Peter leads an international team of six lawyers including legal assistants and researchers from Canada, France and Rwanda and is currently based in Arusha, Tanzania.