The Honourable Richard J. Goldstone (Chair), former Chief Prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia
The Honourable Richard J. Goldstone is presently a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He is the Co-Chairperson of the Rule of Law Action Group of the International Bar Association and serves as a member of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court's Advisory Board, which serves as a global leadership group in support of the cause of international justice and provides strategic guidance on key issues. In 2009, he led the United Nations Human Rights Council Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict to investigate international human rights and humanitarian law violations related to the 2008-09 Gaza War. Justice Goldstone served as the Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda from 1994 to 1996. Previously, Justice Goldstone served as Chairperson of the South African Standing Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation, later known as the Goldstone Commission. He serves on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations, including Physicians for Human Rights; the International Centre for Transitional Justice; the South African Legal Services Foundation; the Brandeis University Centre for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life; Human Rights Watch; and the Centre for Economic and Social Rights. Justice Goldstone has been a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and a member of the International Group of Advisers of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Justice Goldstone received a Bachelor of Laws cum laude from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1962. He then practiced as an Advocate at the Johannesburg Bar. In 1976, he was appointed Senior Counsel and was made Judge of the Transvaal Supreme Court in 1980. He has received the International Human Rights Award of the American Bar Association, the MacArthur Award for International Justice, and the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights, among other honours.
The Honourable Patricia Wald (Vice-Chair), former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and former Judge of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
The Honourable Patricia Wald is a current Board member and former Chair of the Open Society Justice Initiative. She currently serves as a member of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court's Advisory Board, which serves as a global leadership group in support of the cause of international justice and provides strategic guidance on key issues. She previously served as a judge for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. She served on the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, a presidentially-appointed panel tasked with investigating U.S. intelligence surrounding the United States’ 2003 invasion of Iraq and Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. She was appointed Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice in 1977 and was the first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was also a founding member of the Prettyman-Leventhal American Inn of Court in Washington, D.C. Judge Wald is a member of the Global Council of the California International Law Centre at the University of California-Davis School of Law. She graduated from Connecticut College in 1948 and earned her law degree from Yale Law School in 1951.
The Honourable Hans Corell, former Judge of Appeal and former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations
The Honourable Hans Corell is former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations (UN). During his tenure at the UN, Ambassador Corell served as the Representative of the Secretary-General at the Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court that adopted the Rome Statute creating the ICC in The Hague. He was also involved in the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and was head of the UN delegation that negotiated the agreements on the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia for the trial of the Khmer Rouge leaders. Before joining the UN in 1994, Ambassador Corell served as Under-Secretary for Legal and Consular Affairs in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He received his Law Degree from the University of Uppsala in 1962 and began his legal career in the Swedish Judiciary the same year. He served, first as a law clerk and later as Assistant District Court Judge and Assistant Judge of Appeal. In 1972, he joined the Ministry of Justice to assist in legislative work. He was appointed Judge of Appeal in 1980 but was granted leave of office to serve as the Chief Legal Officer of the Ministry which he did until he joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1984. Following his retirement from the UN in 2004, Ambassador Corell has remained active in the field of law and international justice. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University, Sweden, and is the Legal Adviser of the Panel of Eminent African Personalities, chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, to support the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation.
Judge O-Gon Kwon, Judge and Vice-President of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and former Presiding Judge at the Daegu High Court
Judge O-Gon Kwon is the Vice President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a post he has held since November 2008. He was sworn in as a judge of the Tribunal in 2001. In addition to his current position he is also a member of the Tribunal’s Rules Committee. He also served as a member of the Referral Bench. Prior to his election to the ICTY by the UN General Assembly, Judge Kwon held a number of judicial and legal positions, including judgeships at the Seoul Civil District Court, the Seoul Criminal District Court and the Daegu High Court. From 1990 to1992, Judge Kwon was the Planning Director at the Ministry of Court Administration, followed by a post as Research Judge at the Supreme Court of Korea. He served as Presiding Judge of various Courts and Director of Research at the Constitutional Court of Korea from 1992 until his appointment at the ICTY. Judge Kwon also served as an Assistant Legal Advisor to the President of the Republic of Korea from 1980 to 1984. Judge Kwon has also served as a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of International Criminal Justice (Oxford) since 2007. Judge Kwon holds a Bachelor of Laws from Seoul National University Law School, a Master of Laws from the Graduate School of Seoul National University and also a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School, U.S.A. Judge Kwon completed his Bar Apprenticeship in the Judicial Research and Training Institute at the Supreme Court of Korea. He received a “Moran” National Order of Merit from the President of the Republic of Korean in September 2008.
Dr. Cecilia Medina Quiroga, Director of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Chile and former Judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Dr. Cecilia Medina Quiroga was the first woman to serve as president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights from 2008 to 2009 and as its vice president in 2007. She currently teaches International Human Rights Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Chile and is the Director of the Law Faculty’s Human Rights Center. Prior to her term at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Dr. Quiroga served as a member of the UN fact-finding mission investigating the 2006 shelling of Beit Hanoun in Gaza. She served on the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHCR) from 1995 to 2002, during which time she wrote General Comment 28 on equality between men and women, which was adopted by the UNHCR in 2000. Dr. Medina received her education at the University of Chile in Santiago and earned a doctorate in law at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. In addition to her work in human rights, she has worked as an expert and advisor to many international and national organizations and has published extensively. She has received numerous awards, including the Gruber Women’s Rights Prize (2006), the Equality Now award for lifelong commitment to Human Rights (2002), the Elena Caffarena Award and the Prominent Women in International Law Award (2004) from the American Society of International Law.