Peter Herby is Coordinator of the Mines-Arms Unit in the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross. His primary responsibilities involve the use and prohibition of weapons under international humanitarian and the relationship between humanitarian and disarmament law. In this capacity he was a member of the ICRC delegation to all landmine negotiations from 1994-97, both in the context of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and of the 'Ottawa process'.
He has written and spoken extensively on issues such as landmines, blinding laser weapons and the basic norms of humanitarian law applicable to the use of arms. He formerly directed the disarmament and arms control program of the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva (1983-93), specialising in chemical and biological arms control and European and Middle East security issues. He holds Masters degrees in International Relations from the University of Cambridge (UK, 1992) and in Peace and Conflicts Studies from the University of Bradford (UK, 1979).