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Justice Richard J. Goldstone

Position: Board Member
Affiliation: Justice of the South African Constitutional Court, Retired
Justice Richard J. Goldstone

Richard J. Goldstone was born on the 26th October 1938, and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, with a BA LLB cum laude in 1962. He then 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 Goldstone 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.

Justice Goldstone has spent his career working in many areas of human rights, including serving as Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry regarding Public Violence and Intimidation; this Commission came to be known as the Goldstone Commission. He is also the author of "For Humanity: Reflections of a War Crimes Investigator" (2001) Yale University Press.

Among the many positions he has held are co-chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association and chair of a UN Committee to advise the United Nations on appropriate steps to preserve the archives and legacy of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

Along with serving on the board of PHR, Justice Goldstone is a member of the Boards of Human Rights Watch, the International Center for Transitional Justice, the Brandeis University Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, and the Center for Economic and Social Rights.

Justice Goldstone is the recipient of many awards, including the MacArthur Award for International Justice, received in October 2008, the International Human Rights Award of the American Bar Association (1994) and Honorary Doctorates of Law from universities in South Africa, Europe, North America and Israel. In May, 2007, he received the Richard E. Neustadt Award from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Since the spring of 2004, Justice Goldstone has been teaching as a visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School, NYU Law School, Fordham Law School, and Georgetown Law School.