Author of U.N. Gaza report to lecture in Berkeley

Former South African Judge Richard Goldstone has been tapped to give a public lecture in Berkeley after being named the 2011 Sanford Elberg Lecturer by the Institute of International Studies at U.C. Berkeley.

Goldstone, known largely for the report he filed as head of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, is scheduled to speak from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 in Sutardja Dai Hall on the north side of campus.

The title of his speech is “International Law and Human Rights: The Search for Justice” and it will be open to the public. However, the hall in which the lecture will be held, Banatao Auditorium, seats only 150 people, and no advance tickets are available.

“We’re advising people to get there early,” said Vicki Mach, program manager at the IIS. “Seating will be first come, first served, and we’re expecting a full house.”

Goldstone is a former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He also served as the first chief prosecutor of the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal in addition to chairing the U.N. commission on the Gaza war. On Feb. 17, he is slated to analyze the role of international law in securing human rights and justice in a world of sovereign states that both support and resist this effort.

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