Richard Goldstone was the first Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He has also served on the Constitutional Court of South Africa and the UN Independent International Committee which investigated the Iraq Oil for Food program (the Volcker Committee). Goldstone chaired the South African Commission of Inquiry Regarding the Prevention of Public Violence and Intimidation (the Goldstone Commission) and the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo. In 2009 he led the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on Gaza.
In January 2008, Goldstone received the World Peace through Law Award from the Whitney R. Harris Institute. In May 2009, he also received the prestigious MacArthur Award for International Justice from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Goldstone is a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary member of the Association of the Bar of New York City.