McGeorge School of Law

Leading International Jurists Visit This Semester

March 12, 2010

Highlighting the law school's long-standing leadership in international law, three high-profile international jurists will visit McGeorge campus this semester.

Justice Richard Goldstone, a former Constitutional Court of South Africa judge, will address an on-campus World Affairs Council luncheon at 12 noon, Friday, March 19. His topic will be "From Commercial Lawyer to International Prosecutor. The following day, he will serve as one of the judges for the final of McGeorge's 5th Annual National Ethics Trial Competition at the Robert T. Matsui Courthouse in downtown Sacramento.

Goldstone served as the chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda 1994 to 1996. He later chaired the Independent Inquiry on Kosovo and served as a member of the Independent International Committee that investigated the Iraq Oil-for-Food program. In 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. A frequent visitor to McGeorge, Goldstone has taught as an adjunct professor and was the speaker at the 2007 commencement ceremony.

Justice John Hedigan of The High Court of the Republic of Ireland and Judge Fausto Pocar, an Italian jurist in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and for Rwanda (ICTR), and who served for three years as President of the ICTY, will be among the speakers at the Ethics Across the Professions 2010 Symposium. The April 9-10 conference, titled "Judicial Ethics and Accountability: At Home and Abroad," is the fourth in its series featuring leading legal educators from the U.S. and Canada.

Pocar will also speak on April 12 at an on-campus University Inaugural Series Event honoring Pacific's 24th president, Dr. Pamela Eibeck. The half-day forum, "The Blending of Civil and Common Law Traditions: The Pioneering Role of the Italian Criminal Justice System and the Development of International Criminal Courts," will begin at 2 p.m. and wind up at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to his service on Ireland's High Court, Hedigan has been a member of the European Court of Human Rights. A longtime member of the University of Milan law faculty, Pocar was appointed as a judge to the ICTY in 2000.