South African justice, human rights activist to speak at Pace Law School

Richard J. Goldstone, a former justice of three South African courts who was chief prosecutor in two United Nations International Tribunals, will speak at Pace Law School in White Plains on Thursday, Sept. 15.  Goldstone will present the law school’s annual Blaine Sloan Lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Goldstone, 72, is the Bacon-Kilkenny Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. Prior to entering the academy, he served as a judge at the Transvaal Supreme Court, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of South Africa, according to Pace. He also served as chairperson of South Africa’s Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation (the Goldstone Commission) from 1991 to 1994 and was the chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

He has served as co-chairman of the International Task Force on Terrorism and an international advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross. As head of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, Goldstone urged the international community to put an end to impunity for violations of international law in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.

In recognition of his commitment to human rights, Goldstone has received the International Human Rights Award of the American Bar Association in 1994 and the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights in 2005. He holds Honorary Doctorate of Law degrees from 25 internationally renowned universities and is a fellow of the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs of Harvard University. He is also a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in the Robert B. Fleming Moot Courtroom on the North Broadway campus.

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