NEW YORK—Former South African Constitutional Court Justice Richard Goldstone, J.D., has joined Fordham Law School’s faculty as a visiting professor for the fall 2004 semester.

Goldstone is currently serving on the independent panel created to investigate allegations of corruption in the United Nations Oil-for-Food program in Iraq. He was chief prosecutor for the international criminal tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia (1994-1996), and he co-chaired the independent International Commission on Kosovo (1999-2001).

He also served as chairperson of a group of international experts that drafted a Declaration of Human Duties and Responsibilities for the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He is the former chair of the International Task Force on Terrorism, which was established by the International Bar Association. From 1999 to 2003 he served as a member of the International Group of Advisers of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

In his homeland of South Africa, Goldstone is the chancellor of the University of Witwatersrand, and he served as chairperson of the Standing Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation—later known as the Goldstone Commission. The Commission played a critical role in defusing the political violence that erupted when apartheid began eroding in the late 1980s as South Africa moved toward its first democratic elections.

Fordham University School of Law was founded in 1905, and has more than 14,000 alumni practicing in all 50 states and throughout the world. Over the past 20 years, Fordham Law School has secured a place as a national leader in public interest law, legal ethics and human rights law.