Fordham Law

Fordham Visiting Professor Justice Richard Goldstone to Receive MacArthur Award for International Justice

October 21, 2008

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will honor Justice Richard J. Goldstone, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, with the MacArthur Award for International Justice. Justice Goldstone has held the William Hughes Mulligan Chair in International Legal Studies as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fordham Law School twice in recent years, and he will visit again in the fall of 2009.

"Fordham Law is very proud of our association with Justice Goldstone and we are delighted that his work is being recognized by the prestigious MacArthur Foundation," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "His efforts in the areas of human rights and international justice are pathbreaking, including his work in his native South Africa. It is especially satisfying to know that the Justice is interested in sharing his deep knowledge with Fordham students."

Justice Goldstone addressed the 2007 Fordham Law diploma ceremony.  At that time, Fordham University presented him with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, the highest honor the school can bestow.

"It is an honor to receive the MacArthur Award for International Justice," said Justice Goldstone, according to the Foundation. "Since the early 1990s, we have witnessed the emergence of a system of international justice that is growing stronger with each new case tried in a regional court or UN tribunal and with each investigation opened by the International Criminal Court. It has given me tremendous pride and satisfaction to have played a role in ensuring that the perpetrators of mass atrocities have more reason today than ever to fear being brought to justice."