About Us

A4HR was established and is run by its Director Peter Reading. His passion for ensuring that everyone in society is treated with dignity, respect and without discrimination led him to creating a new organisation to provide independent advice on equality and other human rights. AHHR provides services to governments, Equality Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions, NGOs, international bodies and other organisations working to promote equality and human rights.

Peter has worked in the field of equality and human rights law and policy for 14 years in Australia, the United Kingdom and across Europe. He also has extensive international experience of working with key international intergovernmental organisations such as the European Union, Council of Europe, and United Nations. Peter delivers large scale strategic projects with vision, creativity and authority.

Key achievements:

Equality Act 2010: advising the UK government on the development and implementation of the Equality Act which modernised all existing equality law in Britain, as well as leading the drafting of comprehensive guidance on the Act for the the public and private sector.

Bill of Rights debate: leading the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) work on the debate concerning replacing the the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights by advising government, commissioning research and engaging with key national and international stakeholders.

Human rights protection for people in private care homes:  securing human rights protection for people in private care homes by influencing the UK government to introduce new legislation on the effect of the Human Rights Act.

United Nations: leading the EHRC's first drafting of reports and delegations to the United Nations on the UK government's compliance with international treaties: including the Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). 

Race Equality in Europe: developing and implementing an international legal and policy strategy on race equality in Britain and Europe at the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE). This included securing EU legislation requiring the prohibition of racial and religious hatred crime in all EU Member States


Previous roles have included:

Director of Legal Policy, Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Britain

Chair of the Legal Working Group, Equinet European Network of Equality Bodies, Brussels

Senior Lawyer, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Britain

Head of European and International Legal Policy, Commission for Racial Equality, Britain

Principal Litigation Officer, Commission for Racial Equality, Britain

Parliamentary Assistant, Amnesty International UK

Associate to Justice Lee, Federal Court of Australia

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts majoring in French, First Class Honours, University of Western Australia, Perth Australia

Diploma of International Law specialising in human rights, University of Aix-Marseille III, France

Qualified and Pracitising solicitor in England and Wales, qualified solicitor and barrister in Australia


Publications:

Blackstones Guide to the Equality Act 2010, 1st and 2nd editions, Oxford University Press, Chapter on international obligations


Peter Reading
 
 

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