Richard Goldstone Chairs Meeting at Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

Richard Goldstone, former chief prosecutor of the war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and one of the Ethics Center's International Advisory Board members, chaired a meeting at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on Dec. 12 and 13. The meeting focused on the question of how to secure justice while pursuing peace.

The meeting examined the new International Criminal Court (ICC) and how it will function in the context of ongoing conflicts such as those in Northern Uganda, Darfur, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The purpose of the meeting was to offer suggestions on advancing the work of the ICC while safeguarding and advancing peace processes.

Goldstone is a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of San Diego. He was made Judge of the Transvaal Supreme Court in 1980, and in 1989 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. In the spring of 2005, he was the Henry Shattuck Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard University Law School.

From August 1994 to September 1996, Goldstone served as the Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In December 2001, he was appointed as the co-chairperson of the International Task Force on Terrorism that was established by the International Bar Association. He is presently the co-chairperson of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. He was recently a member of the committee, chaired by Paul A. Volcker, appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to investigate allegations regarding the Iraq Oil for Food Program.