Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (1994-96)
The Hon. Richard J. Goldstone was a judge in South Africa for 23 years, the last nine as a Justice of the Constitutional Court. Since retiring from the bench he has taught as a visiting professor in a number of U.S. Law Schools. Most recently has been teaching at Georgetown University Law Center and the Central European University in Budapest. From August 1994 to September 1996 he was the chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He is an honorary member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the boards of Physicians for Human Rights, the Center for Economic and Social Rights, the Salzburg Global Seminar, and Fordham University’s International Institute for Humanitarian Affairs.
He drafted a Declaration of Human Duties and Responsibilities for the Director General of UNESCO (the Valencia Declaration). From August 1999 until December 2001, he was the chairperson of the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo. In December 2001 he was appointed as the co-chairperson of the International Task Force on Terrorism which was established by the International Bar Association. From 1999 to 2003 he served as a member of the International Group of Advisers of the International Committee of the Red Cross. From 1985 to 2000, Hon. Goldstone was National President of the National Institute of Crime Prevention and the Rehabilitation of Offenders (NICRO). He is an honorary life member of the International Bar Association and the Honorary President of its Human Rights Institute.The Hon. Goldstone received a BA LLB cum laude from the University of the Witwatersrand.