British Academy of Experts

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Academy of Experts was founded in 1987 as the professional body for expert witnesses, with the objective of establishing and promoting high objective standards for witnesses. 'British' was later dropped from the organization's title as The Academy of Experts became an International Centre of Excellence for Experts with a substantial multi-disciplinary membership, acting as both an accrediting and professional body. Since 1997 the Academy has been actively involved in the development of agreed standards for experts across the European Union. Peter Rowe, who regularly acted as an expert witness in legal disputes and arbitration cases concerning geotechnical engineering (see PWR/4/5), joined the Academy in 1988.