Former Representative of Amnesty International to the UN in Geneva
Peter Splinter was Amnesty International’s Representative to the United Nations in Geneva from January 2004 until March 2016. His work with Amnesty International focused largely on the Human Rights Council and Geneva-based human rights mechanisms. He was a member of the Amnesty International team that participated in the General Assembly negotiations to establish the Council, and he was a leader of Amnesty International’s contribution to the Council’s institutional-building efforts. Immediately prior to joining Amnesty International in 2004, Peter was legal counsel with the Canadian Department of Justice practising international trade law (2001-2004). From 1985 to 2001, he was a foreign service officer with the Canadian Foreign Ministry. During that period, he served as Second Secretary in Algeria (1986-1988) and as First Secretary responsible for human rights at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva (1994-1998), and he worked with the World Intellectual Property Organization (1998-2000). Peter started his professional life as a legal aid lawyer in northern Manitoba (1984-1985).
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Peter has a BA from the University of Alberta and a law degree from McGill University. He is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in the Province of Manitoba, Canada. He speaks English and French.