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The Trials of Richard Goldstone: A Book Talk with Daniel Terris

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Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice

42 West 44th Street

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Al Quds Bard dean Daniel Terris will discuss his new book, “The Trials of Richard Goldstone,” in conversation with South African journalist Redi Tlhabi. This event is co-sponsored and hosted by the Vance Center for International Justice and supported by Foreign Affairs magazine.

In June 2009, Richard Goldstone was a global hero, honored by the MacArthur Foundation for its prize in international justice. Four months later, he was called a “quisling” and compared to some of the worst traitors in human history. Why? Because this champion of human rights and international law chose to apply his commitments to fairness and truth to his own community.

The Trials of Richard Goldstone tells the story of this extraordinary individual and the price he paid for his convictions. It describes how Goldstone, working as a judge in apartheid South Africa, helped to undermine this unjust system and later, at Nelson Mandela’s request, led a commission that investigated cases of racial violence and intimidation. It also considers the international renown he received as the chief United Nations prosecutor for war crimes committed in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, the first tribunals to try political and military leaders on charges of genocide. Finally, it explores how Goldstone became a controversial figure in the wake of the Jewish jurist’s powerful, but flawed, investigation of Israel for alleged war crimes in Gaza.

This event is hosted and sponsored by the Bard Globalization & International Affairs Program and the Vance Center for International Justice with support from Foreign Affairs.

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