Former Constitutional Court of South Africa Justice and Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia to Speak at Hooding
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law will welcome one of the world's most respected jurists, the Hon. Richard J. Goldstone, as the 2005 Hooding Ceremony speaker. His topic will be "International Criminal Justice at the Beginning of the 21st Century." It is a topic he is uniquely suited to address.
Richard J. Goldstone was born in 1938. After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand with a B.A. and LLB cum laude 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. From July 1994 to October 2003 he was a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Following his service as a jurist in the highest court of South Africa, he was a visiting professor at New York University Law School and was the William Hughes Mulligan Visiting Professor at Fordham Law School in 2004. He is currently the Henry Shattuck Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
Justice Goldstone is a member of the Boards of Human Rights Watch and Physicians for Human Rights and is a Director of the American Arbitration Association. He chairs the advisory board of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation and is a member of the Brandeis University Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. In April 2004, he was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Independent International Committee, chaired by Paul Volcker, to investigate the Iraq Oil for Food program.
From 1991 to 1994, he served as Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry regarding Public Violence and Intimidation which came to be known as the Goldstone Commission. He was the Chairperson of the Standing Advisory Committee of Company Law from 1984 to 2004. From August 1994 to September 1996, he served as the Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. During 1998 he was the chairperson of a high-level group of international experts which met in Valencia, Spain, and 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, Justice Goldstone was National President of the National Institute of Crime Prevention and the Rehabilitation of Offenders (NICRO). He is chairperson of the Bradlow Foundation, a charitable educational trust, and from 1994 to 2003 he was the chairperson of the board of the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA). He remains a trustee of HURISA.
His other responsibilities include being the Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, a member of the Board of its School of Law, and a Governor of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. From 1997 to 2004, he served as the President of World ORT, an international technical and technology training organization. He was a member of the International Panel established in August 1997 by the Government of Argentina to monitor the Argentinean Inquiry to elucidate Nazi activities in the Argentine Republic since 1938.
The many awards he has received locally and internationally include the International Human Rights Award of the American Bar Association (1994) and Honorary Doctorates of Law from the Universities of Cape Town, Witwatersrand, Natal, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, University of Notre Dame, Maryland University College, Wilfred Laurier in Ontario, the University of Glasgow, the Catholic University of Brabant in Tilburg, the Netherlands, the University of Calgary, Emory University, Princeton University, the University of Wales, Duke University, Bard College, Brandeis University and Bowdoin College. 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. He was a member of the faculty of the Salzburg Seminar in 1996, 1998 and co-chaired sessions on International Law in 2001 and 2003. From October to December 2001 he was a visiting professor at the School of Law of New York University.
He is married (wife Noleen) and has two married daughters - Glenda and Nicole. He has four grandsons, Jason, Sean, Ben and Jordan.