Areas of Focus
• International law
Peter is a senior Partner of KAA and is also the head of the firm’s Litigation department. Peter served as the Director of Public Prosecutions from 1986 to 1990, when he was in charge of all criminal prosecutions in Uganda. He also served as Solicitor General of Uganda from 1990 to 2002.
Prior to these appointments, Peter acted as a Senior State Attorney (1974-76) and Principal State Attorney (1978-1981) in the Attorney General’s Chambers. Later he practised under the Roman Dutch legal system in Lesotho as a Principal Crown Counsel at the Lesotho Government Law Office (1981-1984) and then as a Private Legal Practitioner, heading the law firm Kabatsi, Peter & Co. Attorneys and Notaries, Maseru (1984-1986).
He currently holds other legal positions worldwide. He is an Ad-Hoc Judge at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague and a panel member of Enlisted Counsel of the International Criminal Court, for the defence of accused persons before that court, also at The Hague.
Peter also served as a member of the United Nations International Law Commission from 1992 to 2007, during which time he was elected and served as General Rapporteur (1994-1995), Vice-President (1996-1997) and President (2001-2002) of the Commission. His participation in various international and governmental assignments makes him highly experienced in all aspects of law and, due to this wide-ranging experience, he is an indispensable member of the firm.
• Member, Organisation of African Unity Commission (OAU) of legal experts (one of four members) constituted to review the proceedings and the conduct of the Lockerbie case . (2001-2002)
• Selected by the United Nations Commission for Refugees, Geneva, to chair the Asian / African Preparatory Committee for the review of the Bangkok Principles on receipt and treatment of refugees at New Delhi, India. (September 1996)
• Member, Committee of Experts for the review of the Montreal Protocol (on ozone layer) Rio de Janerio, Brazil. (1991)
• Appointed by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) as a member of a small group of legal experts that drafted the Bamako Convention on Transboundary Movement of Toxic Wastes and Hazardous Substances. (1989-1990)
• Member, Preparatory Committee of Experts for the establishment of the United Nations African Institute for Crime Prevention and Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI) now established in Kampala, Uganda.
Makerere University, Kampala.
Law Development Centre, Kampala
Lesotho, South Africa.