Peter J. Madden
Peter Madden founded the firm
with Pat Finucane in 1979. In the ten years that they practiced law the firm
developed a reputation for pursuing Human Rights cases at all levels.
Peter has supported Pat's
family in their campaign for a fair and independent public inquiry into Pat's
murder on 12 February 1989.
He was nominated as Human
Rights Lawyer of the Year 2000 by Liberty/Justice.
He is a former member of the
Law Society Council.
Peter headed up the legal team
during the Bloody Sunday Inquiry between 1998 and 2004 where Madden & Finucane
represented the majority of the deceased and wounded on Bloody Sunday. He now
represents the families in their pursuit of fair and reasonable compensation.
He has a keen interest in the
prevention of human rights abuses at home and abroad.
He travelled to New York City
in 1989 to give expert evidence in deportation proceedings against an Irishman
held by the US Border Agency. The man successfully challenged the deportation.
He travelled to Capetown,
South Africa in 1995 as the legal representative of Relatives for Justice and
presented a submission to the Cameron Commission on the Arms Trade.
He travelled to San Francisco
USA in 1996 to give expert evidence in proceedings involving two Irishmen held
on extradition warrants. They succeeded in challenging the proceedings.
He was part of an Advocate san
Frontiers lawyer support mission to the Punjab region in India in 1998 where he
supported lawyers representing Sikh victims of State violence.
He travelled to Bogota,
Colombia in 2002 to advise three Irishmen who were detained by the Colombian
Army and held pending trial. The men were acquitted at trial and returned to
Ireland after there were serious concerns about the fairness of the appeal
process which was initiated by the State after the acquittals.
Peter travelled to Israel in
2004 to support the families of the twelve Arab citizens of Israel and one
Palestinian shot and killed in 2000 by Israeli police.
Peter is currently the
managing partner in the firm and holds the brief for all trials in Republic of