Peter R. Barker, M.Phys

Lt. Cmdr. Royal Navy

Military Professor Stockton Center for the Study of International Law
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Lt Cdr Barker is a barrister and serving Officer in the Royal Navy specializing in public international, criminal and administrative law. He has served on 6 ships on a range of global operations, most recently deploying for 9 months to the Middle East. He has served as legal advisor to the UK Maritime Battle Staff and Higher Command and Staff Course. Other assignments have included the staff of Commodore Naval Legal Services advising Commanding Officers and fatal accident inquiries and on the staff of the Chief of Joint Operations. With rights of audience in all courts of England and Wales, Lt Cdr Barker has prosecuted and defended in the Court Martial and Court Martial Appeal Court.

Areas of Expertise

  • Arctic
  • Counterdrug Operations
  • Ethics
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Joint Operations
  • Oceanography
  • Piracy
  • Rules of Engagement
  • Submarine Warfare
  • UAVs/Drones

Professional Highlights


Logistics Officer, HMS ST ALBANS (F83)


Commodore Naval Legal Services Legal Advisor, UK Higher Command and Staff Course Advisor


Prosecuting Officer, United Kingdom Service Prosecuting Authority


Legal Training


Staff Officer to Commanding Officer, HMS ARK ROYAL


Deputy Logistics Officer, HMS SOUTHAMPTON


Command Group Coordinator, United Kingdom Permanent Joint Headquarters


Master of Physics, Oriel College, University of Oxford (I)

Graduate Diploma in Law and Bar Professional Training Course, City University, London (Distinction)

External Memberships and Associations

Bar of England and Wales

Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Goldsmiths Chambers, London
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News, Media, & Events


Former Naval War College president passes away

Jan. 19, 2018
News Publication

Current Strategy Forum: Technology, Innovation and Strategy

Jun. 12, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

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