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Law and the Search For Justice; Interview with Justice Richard J. Goldstone, Judge, Constitutional Court of South Africa, Former Chief Prosecutor for the International Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia; by Harry Kreisler, 4/14/97

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas. Archival photos in this interview are courtesy of Justice Goldstone.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our distinguished guest today is Richard J. Goldstone. Justice Goldstone is a member of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He is the former Chief Prosecutor for the International Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.

  1. Background ... early influences ... discovering the implications of Apartheid ... mentors ... the influence of U.S. legal community on South African law ... the role of law in society ... the legitimacy of democracy
  2. A Judge under Apartheid ... natural human cry for justice ... racism and dehumanizing the victim ... reinventing the group areas law ... overturning work laws ... visiting detainees
  3. The Goldstone Commission ... mandate ... procedures ... the third force
  4. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission ... political compromise ... justice and healing
  5. The International Tribunal ... precedents at Nüremberg and Tokyo ... setting new precedents ... securing a budget ... building a consensus ... gathering evidence ... justice and healing
  6. Following Through on Tribunal Judgments ... war criminals ... judicial process vs. peace process ... Karadic still not arrested
  7. Conclusions ... lessons learned ... view of human nature ... domestic emphasis of governments and the press ... advice to students

See also: Justice Goldstone's Internet chat with high school students.

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