Peter Haynes QC is the Lead Legal Representative of Victims. He was appointed to that role in May 2012. A member of St. Philips Chambers (United Kingdom), Mr. Haynes is a British barrister with more than thirty years’ experience in both domestic and international criminal courts.
One of the few practitioners who have led cases before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (where he appeared inter alia as Lead Counsel for the defence of General Vinko Pandurevic in relation to the Srebrenica massacre), the International Criminal Court (where he was Lead Counsel to Jean-Pierre Bemba) and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, he has defended genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity cases. Domestically, as Queen’s Counsel, he has prosecuted homicide cases, and defended serious frauds.
Mr. Haynes also works as an independent consultant on international criminal law matters, advising both Heads of State and governments. He is currently a member of a panel of experts instructed to monitor the implementation of transitional justice mechanisms in Sri Lanka. He often holds guest lectures and seminars on the functioning of international criminal courts with a particular emphasis on victim representation.