WHITE PLAINS, NY, August 15, 2011—The Rule of Law, widely recognized as central to democracy, is increasingly assumed to be no less essential to the functioning of a just and equitable global community. Richard J. Goldstone—formerly a justice in three of South Africa’s highest courts and a noted global human rights activist—will examine this assumption and conclude that there has been a rapid growth of Rule of Law in the global community when he delivers the Blaine Sloan Lecture on September 15.
Presently, Justice Goldstone 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.
Justice Goldstone also served as chairperson of South Africa’s Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation (the Goldstone Commission) from 1991 to 1994. From 1994 to 1996, was the chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In 1999, he assumed the chairmanship of the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo and was appointed as the co-chairman of the International Task Force on Terrorism established by the International Bar Association.
Justice Goldstone also has served as an international advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross. And as head of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, Justice Goldstone presented the report of the Mission to the Human Rights Council on September 29, 2009, urging the Council and the international community as a whole 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, Justice Goldstone is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Human Rights Award of the American Bar Association (1994). In October 2005, he was awarded the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights jointly with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour. 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 Blaine Sloan Lecture on International Law
The Blaine Sloan Lecture on International Law honors F. Blaine Sloan, Professor Emeritus of International Law and Organization at Pace Law School, for his contributions to the development of the international law programs at Pace. A member of the United Nations Legal Office for three decades and Director of the General Legal Division, Professor Sloan has contributed significantly to the development of private and public international law. He represented the Secretary General at the 1978 UN Conference on the Carriage of Goods by Sea; at the sessions from 1969–1978 of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL); and at the 1966–1978 sessions of the Legal Sub-Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. His UN service involved him in that organization’s work on Vietnam, relief for Palestinian refugees, peacekeeping in the Middle East, the UN Commission on Korea, and as Legal Advisor to Security Council sessions in Africa and Latin America.
Justice Goldstone follows 23 previous distinguished Sloan lecturers, including Michael Kirby, formerly a member of the High Court of Australia; Scott Horton, contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine; Philippe Kirsch, president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Judge of the ICC Appeals Division; José E. Alvarez, Rubin Professor of International Law at New York University School of Law; W. Ramsey Clark, the 66th Attorney General of the United States.; and David J. Scheffer, Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University.
WHAT: 2011 Blaine Sloan Lecture on International Law
WHO: Justice Richard J. Goldstone, formerly a member of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
WHERE: Pace Law School (Robert B. Fleming Moot Courtroom) 78 North Broadway White Plains, NY
WHEN: Thursday, September 15 at 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public. Media admission by press pass.Check-in required.
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