June 26, 2009
Professor Linda Carter remains heavily involved in the activities of Brandeis University's International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life. Earlier this year, she served as co-director of the sixth Brandeis Institute for International Judges' conference held in Trinidad.
Fourteen judges representing 11 international courts and tribunals attended the event, which was co-hosted by the Caribbean Court of Justice. The Institute held its first session on the premises of the court in Port of Spain. That session, led by Nicolas Michel, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel, examined the interplay of justice and politics in the international justice system.
Since its inception in 2002, the BIIJ has provided a forum for international judges to meet and discuss critical issues concerning the theory and practice of international justice. Attendees include judges from the growing body of international tribunals, including international criminal courts, regional human rights courts, and the World Trade Organization Appellate Body.
In 2003, Carter joined the international initiative as a rapporteur at the organization's first conference outside the United States held in Salzburg, Austria. She reprised that role the following year then became the co-director of the institute when it met in 2006 in Dakar, Senegal.
Her co-director, Richard Goldstone, former chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, was recently honored with the prestigious MacArthur Award for International Justice by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.