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Peter Goldsmith

former Attorney General, The Legal Secretariat to the Law Office, Attorney General's Chambers, London (invited)

Peter GOLDSMITH was appointed to Her Majesty’s Attorney General in June 2001, a position which he held until June 2007. He was appointed Queen's counsel in 1987, a crown court recorder in 1989, chairman of the Law Society and a deputy high court judge in 1994. Lord Goldsmith practiced from Fountain Court Chambers in London, and was chairman of the Bar of England and Wales. He has also held a number of posts in international legal organizations including Council Member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Union Internationale des Avocats. From 1998 until his appointment as Attorney General, he was co-chairman of the IBA’s Human Rights Institute. Between 1997 and 2000, he was chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel, an independent public body responsible for enforcing financial reporting standards. In 1997, he was elected to membership of the American Law Institute and made a member of the Paris Bar. In 1996, he founded the Bar Pro Bono Unit of which he was chairman until 2000 and is still the president. He was the Prime Minister’s Personal Representative to the Convention for the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. Lord Goldsmith read law at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, taking a first class honours degree, and then receiving a master’s degree from University College London. He is accompanied by his wife Lady Joy Goldsmith.

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