PETER HOOD | ASSOCIATE
As a part-time Associate with Shift, Peter supports our business engagement work by working hand-in-hand with companies as they build their internal capacity to fulfill their responsibility to respect human rights.
Peter is qualified as a lawyer and a teacher. He co-founded the Business and Human Rights Practice at the international law firm Hogan Lovells, where he combined a litigation practice acting in landmark human rights related disputes in courts around the world with an advisory practice that focused on supporting businesses to understand and address human rights impacts. As part of his advisory practice, he has worked with multinationals in the telecommunications and technology sectors on issues related to artificial intelligence and the risk associated with providing connectivity services in states where there is an elevated risk of unlawful data interception and surveillance. He has worked with businesses in the construction and engineering sectors to develop systems and processes to identify and respond to incidents of modern slavery and child labor in complex international supply chains and he has worked with financial institutions to advise on building and exercising leverage over clients to prevent and mitigate labor and environmental impacts in the palm oil sector.
In his litigation practice, Peter has acted in pure human rights cases at the European Court of Human Rights, UK Supreme Court and UN Human Rights Committee; in criminal cases involving corporate complicity in war crimes; and in English High Court litigation in class actions involving liability for environmental impacts and the supervision of operational grievance mechanisms by the courts. He is engaged in the policy debate on business and human rights and the law, publishing widely on subjects such as parent company liability, modern slavery and universal jurisdiction.
Before he practiced as a lawyer and business and human rights consultant, Peter was a participant in the Teachfirst program where he taught history to students at a secondary school in inner-city London and worked in Zambia setting up the country office of PEAS, an international NGO which runs a network of quality, affordable secondary schools. He also spent a year in Uganda where he taught law to inmates in Luzira prison, worked to improve access to justice in the Ugandan prison service and guest lectured at Makerere University.
Peter holds a first class degree in history from the University of Oxford and a Master of Laws with Distinction in Public International Law from the University of London, where he was awarded the Brigid Cotter Prize.