Peter Hood advises businesses and states on a wide range of disputes and issues under public and private international law. An expert in the field of Business and Human Rights, Peter has developed a particular focus on International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and issues of jurisdiction and conflict of laws. Peter currently acts for the defence in a prosecution for alleged corporate complicity in crimes under international law. He has recently advised companies on the jurisdiction of the English courts over transnational torts and acted in land-mark litigation in the English Supreme Court on issues related to universal jurisdiction and at the European Court of Human Rights on issues related to extra-territorial jurisdiction. Peter also has experience acting for clients in the financial and extractive sectors in OECD National Contact Point complaints. As part of his international arbitration practice, Peter has successfully represented clients from the telecommunications, shipping, extractive and tech sectors in disputes under the ICC, LCIA, LMAA and UNCITRAL rules. Peter combines his disputes practice with advisory work, supporting businesses to identify and prevent adverse human rights impacts in their operations and supply chains. He regularly advises clients on issues related to Modern Slavery and human rights impacts more broadly, with recent experience advising companies in the TMT sectors on how to address human rights issues associated with artificial intelligence, the internet of things and the expansion of connectivity services into new, high risk markets.
After leaving Oxford University with a first class degree, Peter spent 2 years teaching in an inner London school on the TeachFirst programme. He went on to complete his legal training before joining Hogan Lovells in 2012. He was later awarded the Brigid Cotter Prize and a Master of Laws in Public International Law with distinction from London University. He is a Justice Advisor for the UK Government's Civilian Stabilisation Unit. Peter regularly gives training to lawyers, students and businesses on business and human rights issues, has published widely on the subject and plays a leading role in the firm's thought leadership projects on business and human rights.
- Business & Human Rights Litigation
- University of London (UCL and Queen Mary)
(Master of Laws, with distinction, 2017)
- Brigid Cotter Prize
- Brigid Cotter Prize
- BPP University College, London
(LPC., Legal Practice, commendation, 2012)
- University of Northumbria, Newcastle
(Law Society Common Professional Examination, commendation, 2009)
- University of Oxford
(B.A., Modern History, First Class, 2008)
- Honorary Master of Arts
- Chambers and Partners Global, Up & Coming – Business & Human Rights Law (2020)
- 24 March 2020 - Kalma v African Minerals: English Court of Appeal Judgment Cuts Against the Grain of Common Law Cases on the Responsibility of Businesses for Overseas Human Rights Impacts
- 13 February 2020 - Peter Hood, quoted in London Times on Quinn Emanuel's landmark research: "A UK Failure to Prevent Mechanism for Corporate Human Rights Harms".
- February 2020 A UK Failure to Prevent Mechanism for Corporate Human Rights Harms, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
- November 2019 “A failure to prevent adverse human rights harms” presentation to the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, Geneva
- July 2019 Commentary on scope, prevention and legal liability provisions of the revised draft of the proposed binding treaty on business and human rights, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
- May 2019 The Implication of the UK Supreme Court’s Decision in Vedanta for the Management of Human Rights Risk in Overseas Operations and Supply Chains, Oxford Business Law Blog
- June 2018 – Respecting human rights in the energy and natural resources sector Business and Human Rights Resource Centre hey
- Dec 2017 - "Jurisdiction and parent company liability: A Catch 22 for English domiciled companies", Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, Vol. XXVIII, Number 11