McGeorge School of Law

Prominent Jurist Visits McGeorge

February 25, 2013

Richard Goldstone

Retired Justice Richard Goldstone of South Africa

One of the world's most prominent jurists, retired Justice Richard Goldstone of South Africa, closed out McGeorge's 2nd Annual International Jurist Series with an address, "Recent Developments at the International Criminal Court," on Feb. 19.

In the 1990's, Goldstone, a visiting lecturer at the University of Virginia this spring, chaired the Goldstone Commission that investigated violence and other human rights abuses committed in South Africa's townships during the apartheid era. A former member of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, he was the first chief prosecutor of the U.N. International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR).

In recent years, Goldstone has taken on difficult assignments for the United Nations including authoring a report critical of both sides following the three-week Gaza Conflict between Hamas and Israel in the winter of 2008-2009 that produced renews charges of war crimes.

Goldstone remains on campus for the remainder of the month, teaching 10 hours of International Criminal Law and attending the meeting of the International Board of Advisors. He will also speak on "Gender Crimes in International Criminal Law" at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 26, as part of the law school's Women in Law Week activities. One of his most notable achievement as chief prosecutor for the ICTY was securing recognition of rape as a war crime under the Geneva Convention.

Goldstone's appearance follows jurist series lectures by Professor Barbara Pozzo, University of Insubria, Como, Italy, Professor Gunter Herzig, University of Salzburg, Austria, Professor Cimamonti, the director of international legal research at l'université Paul Cézanne in Aix-en-Provence, France, and by Mexican National University law professor Ricardo Ramirez, chair of the World Trade Organization Appellate Body.