Richard Goldstone

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Richard Goldstone is Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand and Former Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa. He is presently a director of the International Center for Transitional Justice, Human Rights Watch, Center for Economic and Social Rights and Physicians for Human Rights, and he is on the advisory board of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition.

"During the past two years Justice Richard J. Goldstone has been a visiting professor at NYU Law School, Fordham Law School and Harvard Law School. He is currently 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 is presently serving as a member of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the UN Oil-for-Food Program.

"Justice Goldstone's pursuit of justice continued outside the courtroom. A committed human rights activist, 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. Due to his extensive experience and expertise, Justice Goldstone has served as an international advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

"In recognition of his commitment to human rights, Justice Goldstone is the recipient of a plethora of local and international awards, including the International Human Rights Award of the American Bar Association (1994). In October 2005 he was awarded the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights jointly with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour. He holds Honorary Doctorate of Law degrees from 17 internationally renowned universities and is a fellow of the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs of Harvard University. He is a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences."[1]

Nicole about her father

Nicole Goldstone emigrated to Israel (aliyah) and had some things to say about her father and his role in writing what became known as the UN Goldstone Report. Both statements raise questions about Goldstone's impartiality and suitability to have taken on that job. Nicole says about her father:

He is a Zionist. My dad loves Israel[14]
My father's participation softened UN Gaza report [15]

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


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  3. About HURISA, HURISA, accessed July 31, 2007.
  4. Advisory Committee, New Tactics in Human Rights, accessed August 3, 2007.
  5. Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, "Morality's Avenging Angels: The New Humanitarian Crusaders", Znet, 30 August 2005.
  6. International Advisory Board, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, accessed September 22, 2007.
  7. International Advisory Board, Freeman-Spogli Institute, accessed October 21, 2007.
  8. About, World Justice Project, accessed April 27, 2008.
  9. Advisory Board, Public International Law and Policy Group, accessed August 26, 2008.
  10. Editorial Board, International Journal of Transitional Justice, accessed April 8, 2010.
  11. Who we are, Aegis Trust, accessed May 31, 2010.
  12. Staff, Coalition for International Justice (Archived page from 2003), accessed June 1, 2010.
  13. Board, Field Band Foundation, accessed December 15, 2011.
  14. 'My father is a Zionist, loves Israel', Jerusalem Post, 16 September 2009
  15. Goldstone's daughter: My father's participation softened UN Gaza report, Ha'aretz, 16 September 2009.

External links

  • "Biography", International Center for Transitional Justice, Accessed December 2006.
  • Tali Shapiro, "Learning about Zionism the Goldstone Way", Pulse, September 23, 2009.
  • Michael Mandel How America Gets Away With Murder, Pluto Press. On page 130 Mandel reports on Goldstone and his appointment as head prosecutor for the ICTY. There are numerous references to Goldstone working for the ICTY.
  • Max Ajl, "Goldstone recants", Jewbonics, April 3, 2011.
  • Ilan Pappe, "Goldstone's shameful U-turn", The Electronic Intifada, April 4, 2011.