Peter C. R. Kabatsi

  • Phone Number

    +256 312 244 100

  • Fax Number

    +256 414 349 954

  • Email Address

Professional Experience

Areas of Focus

• Litigation
• 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.

International assignments

• 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.



Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons)


Makerere University, Kampala.

Diploma in Legal Practice (Dip.L.P)


Law Development Centre, Kampala

Attorney and Notary


Lesotho, South Africa.

Commission on Human Rights


Strasbourg, France

Certifications & Membership

  • • Chairman, Global Trust Bank
  • • Chairman, Presidential Committee into the operations of the Luwero Triangle Emergency Relief Fund, April 1996
  • • Chairman, Bank Frauds, Embezzlement of Public Funds and Public Corruption Committee, October 1996
  • • Member, University Council, Kampala International University
  • • External examiner for the Public Service Commission
  • • Member, Makerere University Appointments Board (2003-2008)
  • • Member, Presidential Committee on the Return of Assets of Restored Kingdoms, Uganda
  • • Member, Review Committee on Terms and Conditions of Service for Public and Political Leaders, Uganda
  • • Member, Committee of Experts for job evaluation of all Uganda Public Offices
  • • Member, Uganda Atomic Energy Control Board
  • • Member, Uganda Development Corporation Board
  • • Member, Uganda Coffee Marketing Board
  • • Member, Mgahinga/Bwindi Survival of the Rare Mountain Gorilla Trust
  • • Member, Uganda Privatisation, Divestiture and Reform of Public Enterprises Committee
  • • Member, East African Steel Corporation Board (1981-1984)
  • • Member, Uganda Tea Authority Commission (1977-1978)