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Peter Carter QC

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Chair of Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) 2003-2005.

Chair of Gray’s Advocacy 2008-2009


Peter Carter combines a practice consisting of terrorism, fraud (often with a trans-national element), homicide and trafficking with international advocacy and teaching. He appears pro bono before the Privy Council in appeals from the Caribbean and associated work in the Caribbean itself. In Angela Ramdeen v State the Privy Council allowed a renewed application to appeal despite having previously dismissed an appeal in the same case, and remitted the case to the local court. He then appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal in Trinidad when the death penalty was quashed and a non-capital re-sentencing hearing was conducted.

During his three year tenure as Chair of BHRC he spent much of his time using international law and the laws of war to challenge the invasion of Iraq, the conduct of the Geneva IV post-conflict occupation and the legitimacy of counter-terrorism measures adopted by the UNSC and national governments. He was a joint signatory to the amicus brief submitted on behalf of British MPs to the US Supreme Court in Rasul v Bush in which the Supreme Court held that denial of access to federal courts for prisoners in Guantanamo Bay was unconstitutional. He presented a sceptically received lecture to the International Law group at Oxford University on judicial review of UNSC Resolutions.

He frequently lectures to practitioners, other interested professionals and to students and academics on domestic and international criminal law and human rights law. He conducted a series of lectures to counter-terrorism officers on procedural and human rights aspects of counter-terrorism policing, and has delivered lectures at Gray’s Inn on terrorism, on international criminal law and international human rights. He provided an annual seminar at Bramshill to delegates from developing countries involved in criminal justice in their respective countries.

He is an expert in the questioning of expert witnesses. In his capacity as Chair of the Advocacy Department at Gray’s Inn he ran and continues to run international sessions teaching advocates how to use and question expert witnesses. This follows from a teaching programme he devised (together with Peter Hodgkinson - the Director of the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies at the University of Westminster - and Drs Andrew John and Tim McInerney of the Institute of Psychiatry) to train advocates in the Caribbean who act in capital cases.

He has appeared in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, before the UN Human Rights Council and the EU Social Justice committee. He advises NGOs and occasionally governments.

Memberships include - International Bar Association, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, Justice and Amnesty International. He is a trustee of Fair Trials International, a patron of Amicus and an executive member of the Bar Human Rights Committee. 

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Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS
Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS