Richard J. Goldstone

Justice Richard J. Goldstone became the first scholar-in-residence at the new Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at City University of New York Law School in 2014. Previously, he was a visiting professor at New York University Law School, Fordham Law School, and Harvard Law School. He has also been a visiting professor at the School of Law and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. Prior to his move to academia, Justice Goldstone served as a justice in South Africa’s highest courts. In 1980, he began his first judgeship at the Transvaal Supreme Court, where he remained until his 1989 appointment to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. From 1994 to 2003, he served as a justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He was a member of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program. He served as the chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry regarding Public Violence and Intimidation (the Goldstone Commission) from 1991 to 1994. From 1994 to 1996, he served as the chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In 1999, he assumed the chairmanship of the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo and he was appointed as the co-chairman of the International Task Force on Terrorism established by the International Bar Association. Justice Goldstone has also served as an international advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross. He has received numerous awards, including the International Human Rights Award of the American Bar Association (1994) and the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights (2005), jointly with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand.