May 2, 2007
Richard Goldstone, one of the world’s leading jurists in international criminal justice, will speak and be honored at the 2007 University of the McGeorge School of Law commencement at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium.
Goldstone, an original justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, is best known for his work on that country’s Commission of Inquiry Regarding the Prevention of Public Violence and Intimidation, which came to be known as the Goldstone Commission. The commission played a critical role in defusing the political violence that erupted when South Africa disbanded the apartheid system and moved to full democracy.
From 1994 to 1996, Goldstone served as chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. His work on that court played a far-reaching role in legitimizing international inquiry into war crimes and genocide. Goldstone was chairperson of the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo established in 1999. Five years later, he served on the Independent International Committee, chaired by Paul Volcker, which investigated the Iraq Oil-for-Food program.
A frequent author of articles on international humanitarian law, Goldstone is a past recipient of the American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award. He will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of the Pacific on Saturday .
McGeorge will award 293 Juris Doctor degrees and 24 Master of Laws degrees. Presiding over the ceremony will be Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker and University President Donald V. DeRosa.