Goldstone to Address Students, Receive World Peace Through Law Award

Justice Richard Goldstone

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Justice Richard Goldstone will address Professor Leila Sadat’s international law class and on Thursday, January 24 at 3 p.m. in the Zorensky Classroom (AB Hall – 306). A Conversation with Justice Goldstone is open to all law students.

Goldstone is the recipient of the law school’s and Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute’s 2008 World Peace Through Law Award. He is a former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda.

Later in the evening, the Harris Institute will present the 2008 World Peace Through Law Award to Goldstone at an event with Whitney and Anna Harris, alumni, faculty, and friends. The law school also will rededicate the newly named Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute in honor of Harris, a philanthropist and Nuremberg prosecutor. 

The World Peace Through Law Award is bestowed upon an individual who, by his or her work and writings, has considerably advanced the rule of law and, thereby, contributed to world peace. Established in 2006, the Award recognizes individuals who have achieved great distinction in the field of international law and international relations. The first recipient was Judge Philippe Kirsch, president of the International Criminal Court.

Goldstone is a member of the Harris Institute’s International Council. He currently chairs a committee to advise the United Nations on appropriate steps to preserve of the archives and legacy of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. 

Among his other professional endeavors, Goldstone was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Independent International Committee. Chaired by Paul Volcker, the committee investigated the Iraq Oil for Food program. Goldstone previously served as chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry regarding Public Violence and Intimidation that came to be known as the Goldstone Commission; of the Standing Advisory Committee of Company Law; of a high level group of international experts that met in Valencia, Spain, and drafted a Declaration of Human Duties and Responsibilities for the Director General of UNESCO (the Valencia Declaration); and of the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo. He also was co-chairperson of the International Task Force on Terrorism, which was established by the International Bar Association; director of the American Arbitration Association; a member of the International Group of Advisers of the International Committee of the Red Cross; and national president of the National Institute of Crime Prevention and the Rehabilitation of Offenders (NICRO). 

Goldstone has served as the Hauser Global Professor at New York University Law School; the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; and the Mulligan Visiting Professor of Law at Fordham Law School in New York. From 1995 to 2007, he was chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the author of For Humanity: Reflections of a War Crimes Investigator (2001) Yale University Press. 

After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA LLB in 1962, he practiced as an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar. In 1976, he was appointed senior counsel and in 1980, was made judge of the Transvaal Supreme Court. In 1989, he was appointed judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. 

He is a member of the boards of Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, the International Center for Transitional Justice, the Brandeis University Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, and the Center for Economic and Social Rights. He also is a director of the American Arbitration Association; chairs the advisory board of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation; and co-chairs the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. 

The many awards he has received locally and internationally include the ABA's International Human Rights Award and honorary doctorates of law from universities in South Africa, Europe, North America, and Israel. In 2006, Goldstone was the co-recipient of the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights; he share the honor with Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In 2007, he received the Richard E. Neustadt Award from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He is an Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple, London; an Honorary Fellow of St Johns College, Cambridge; an Honorary Member of the Association of the Bar of New York; and a Fellow of the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University. He is a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a member of the faculty of the Salzburg Seminar since 1996.