Richard Goldstone

In 1997, Richard Goldstone, prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals (1994-1996) held the fourth Europe Lecture. He was introduced by Maarten van Traa i, member of the Dutch House of Representatives (1986-1997). The theme of this Europe Lecture was 'Human Rights, Peace and Justice in Europe'.

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Richard Goldstone

Richard Joseph Goldstone built up a reputation as an impartial and dignified judge with a keen sense for human rights. After serving at the highest court in South Africa he became chief prosecutor for the UN in the warcrime tribunals of former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He again served as judge in South Africa, at the Constitutional Court, and chaired several committees of inquiry on the international stage. For his work Richard Goldstone received a number of international prizes and honorary doctorates.

Richard Goldstone has become a highly regarded figure in international law and politics. He has been critised for serving under the regime of apartheid and the fact he upheld many racist policies as judge. Many, including the likes of Desmond Tutu, defended Goldstone. They recognised his efforts to curb the worst elements of apartheid legislation in his judgements.

In 2009 his report on the Gaza War became highly politicised. Goldstone withdrew his involvement and name from the report, as he felt both the anti as well as the pro Israeli camp made selective use of his findings. As of 2013 Richard Goldstone was still active in a number of non-governmental organisations promoting human rights and gives lectures at university.

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Lecture

"It is a great honour to have been invited to deliver this Europe Lecture, the fourth Europe Lecture, this evening. It is par­ticularly fitting perhaps – and moving in a way for my wife and me – that this is our farewell, because early tomorrow morning we leave the Netherlands. We will go to New York first, where I have to complete my term of office as the Prosecutor for the two United Nations War Crimes Tribunals, attending a number of meetings at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

It is fitting because we started on our first day with a very warm welcome from all of the people we met – particularly Dutch people – when we arrived in The Hague, and we leave with warm friendship as we say goodbye from Utrecht this evening. We have received not­hing but warmth, friendship, companionship, and – most important of all – encouragement in my work from the Dutch people and the Dutch government. It makes a tremendous difference doing difficult work in pleasant surroundings. I know that my colleagues working in Kigali, where the political situation is fluid, have had a lot of prob­lems because of having to work in difficult, uncongenial surround­ings. We, on the other hand, have been very fortunate indeed."

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Previous speakers

Year

Speaker

Moderator

Theme

2014

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga i

Jonathan Holslag i

Tom de Bruijn i

Peace and Security i

2013

F.W. de Klerk i

Karel van Wolferen i

Bernard Bot i

Europe in the World i

2010

Herman van Rompuy i

Frans Timmermans i

Europa 2030

2009

Jan Peter Balkenende i

Jacek Saryusz-Wolksi i

Europa: een unieke geschiedenis, een unieke toekomst i

2001

Javier Solana i

Dick Benschop i

Enlargement of European Union: Opportunity of Threat? i

2000

Gerhard Aigner i

Margo Vliegenthart i

EURO 2000 and the Social Significance of Sport i

1999

Hans Tietmeyer i

Nout Wellink i

The Euro: The New Common Currency i

1998

Jan Hoet i

Rudi Fuchs i

Beeldende kunst in Europa i

1997

Mary Robinson i

Wim Kok i

Europe, the Need for Self-Reflection i

1996

Richard Goldstone i

Maarten van Traa i

Human Rights, Peace and Justice in Europe i

1995

Raymond Kendall i

Arthur Doctors van Leeuwen i

Law Enforcement in Europe i

1994

Lord Peter Carrington i

Berend-Jan van Voorst tot Voorst i

Peace and Security in Europe i

1993

Jacques Attali i

Wim Duisenberg i

The Costs of European Reconstruction i