(4-6-98) -- Richard J. Goldstone, former chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, will speak about accountability for human rights crimes on Thursday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. in Stuart 315.
The topic of Goldstone's April 16 address is "Accountability for Crimes Against Humanity: Prosecution or Truth Commissions?"
Goldstone, who led the prosecution of war criminals in the two countries from 1994-96, is a justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and president of South Africa's National Institute of Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders. He is the former chairman of the country's Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation, which came to be known as the Goldstone Commission. In 1994, the American Bar Association honored Goldstone with its International Human Rights Award.
Goldstone's appearance marks the inaugural Owen M. Kupferschmid Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Owen M. Kupferschmid Holocaust/Human Rights Research Project at Boston College Law School. The student-run project, founded in 1984 by Kupferschmid, a 1986 Law School graduate, is devoted to the worldwide study of legal responses to persecution and mass murder. The project's goal is to ensure that the precedential value of Holocaust-related law is applied to contemporary human rights violations.
In addition to this newly-endowed lecture series, the project holds international human rights conferences. Students involved in the project have volunteered to work on cases involving the alleged use of forced labor in Burma, provide legal assistance in Cambodia, and work for the United Nations High Commission in Washington, DC.
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