The Honorable Richard J. Goldstone
The Honorable Richard J. Goldstone is presently the Bacon-Kilkenny Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law. 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 serves on the Board of Directors of several nonprofit organizations, including Physicians for Human Rights; the International Center for Transitional Justice; the South African Legal Services Foundation; the Brandeis University Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life; Human Rights Watch; and the Center for Economic and Social Rights. The Honorable Mr. Goldstone has been a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and a member of the International Group of Advisers of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He received a B.A. LL.B. cum laude from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1962. He then practiced as an Advocate at the Johannesburg Bar. In 1976, he was appointed Senior Counsel and was made Judge of the Transvaal Supreme Court in 1980. He has received the International Human Rights Award of the American Bar Association, the MacArthur Award for International Justice, and the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights, among other honors.