THE RULE OF LAW ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
Attorney for Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal, and Rhuhel Ahmed
An interview with Gareth Peirce conducted June 1, 2011, in London, England, by Ronald J. Grele for the Columbia Center for Oral History, Rule of Law Oral History Project.
Gareth Peirce is a human rights solicitor with Birnberg Peirce & Partners based in London, England. Her career has focused on criminal defense, terrorism related crimes, and human rights violations. In the early seventies, Ms. Peirce represented Judith Ward, the Guildford Four, and the Birmingham Six, all of whom were accused of acts of Irish terrorism. She represented Guantánamo Bay detainees Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal, and Rhuhel Ahmed, aka the "Tipton Three," and Moazzam Begg, and continues her work advocating for justice in cases of the wrongfully accused. Highlights of this interview include discussions of the Northern Ireland conflict, the Bloody Sunday investigation, the cases of the "Tipton Three," the relationship of the British government to the War on Terror, and the 2008 election of President Barack Obama.