Chair of Ethics Center International Advisory Board Justice Richard Goldstone headed UN Mission on December ’08-January ’09 fighting in Gaza

September 24, 2009

The long-awaited Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict was released September 15 to widespread international attention, and has stirred substantial controversy. Details of the Mission and a PDF of its report are available online.

Justice Richard Goldstone, head of the mission that produced this report, is Chair of the International Advisory Board of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.

Justice Goldstone served as the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. A native of South Africa, he chaired from 1991 to 1994 what became known as the Goldstone Commission, an independent judicial commission that investigated activities and people who posed a threat to the restoration of civil rights during the transition to post-apartheid South Africa. Last spring, he received the MacArthur Award for International Justice.

Read the New York Times report on the Mission’s Gaza conflict report.

Read Justice Goldstone’s New York Times op-ed on why he took the job.

Read former Ha’aretz editor in chief David Landau’s critical New York Times op-ed.

Read a Boston Globe op-ed by James Carroll, also a member of the Ethics Center’s advisory board (bio).