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Richard Goldstone


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Mr. Richard J. Goldstone was born on 26 October 1938. After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA 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. He is presently a Global Visiting Professor at NYU Law School, and from August 2003, he occupied the Mulligan Chair at Fordham Law School in New York City.

From 1991 to 1994, he served as Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry regarding Public Violence and Intimidation. He is also Chairperson of the Standing Advisory Committee of Company Law. From 15 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. From August 1999 until December 2001, he was chairperson of the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo. In December 2001, he was appointed as chairperson of the International Task Force on Terrorism that was established by the International Bar Association.

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 heads the Board of the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA).

From December 2008 to January 2009, he led an independent fact-finding mission created by the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate international human rights and humanitarian law violations related to the Gaza War.