Justice

Richard J. Goldstone

Constitutional Court of South Africa
Area
Social Sciences
Specialty
Law (including the Practice of Law)
Member Since
1999
International Honorary Member

Richard J. Goldstone is the first scholar-in-residence at the new Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice, at City University of New York (CUNY) Law School. He is the Co-Chairperson of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. In 2009, he led the United Nations Human Rights Council Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict to investigate international human rights and humanitarian law violations related to the 2008-09 Gaza War. He served as the Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Previously, Justice Goldstone served as Chairperson of the South African Standing Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation, later known as the Goldstone Commission. He was appointed by the South African government to serve on the Transvaal Supreme Court from 1980 to 1989 and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa from 1990 to 1994, when he issued key rulings that undermined apartheid from within the system by tempering the worst effects of the country's racial laws. From 1994 to 2003, he served as a justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Elected FHM 1999 (III:4). 

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