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Justice Richard J. Goldstone Named Inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at CUNY Law School

September 22, 2014

Former South African Constitutional Court Justice Richard J. Goldstone, J.D., has joined the newly established Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice as its inaugural scholar-in-residence for the fall semester. He will guest lecture, lead seminars, speak at public events, and engage in a series of intimate conversations with students and faculty at CUNY Law.

“Justice Goldstone is the ideal first scholar-in-residence, given his extraordinary contributions to the field of international human rights and CUNY Law School’s deep connections to South Africa and commitment to global justice,” said Camille Massey, founding executive director of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice. “Justice Goldstone’s residency will provide inspiration to aspiring social justice lawyers and help carry forth Ted Sorensen’s legacy. He and Ted knew and much admired each other, so this is an auspicious start to our scholars-in-residence program.”

Camille Massey, Richard Goldstone and Dean Michelle Anderson

Camille Massey, Richard Goldstone and Dean Michelle Anderson

Goldstone was a judge in South Africa for 23 years, the last nine as a justice of the Constitutional Court. He played a major role in the transition from apartheid South Africa to democracy. From 1994 to 1996 he was the chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, during which time systematic rape was recognized as a war crime.

CUNY School of Law is the premier public interest law school in the country. The Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice will build on the work of CUNY Law and foster the legacy of Ted Sorensen, long-time close advisor and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy, by nurturing students committed to practicing public interest law. The Sorensen Center will equip students with international experience and expertise to become leaders in the field.

Learn more about the Sorensen Center

For more information, contact: Ivona Boroje, 718-340-4170,


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