Conversations in Diplomacy: Justice Richard Goldstone
May 2, 2012
Belfer Center Programs or Projects: The Future of Diplomacy Project
Diplomacy, according to Justice Richard Goldstone, is a “crucial” part of the day-to-day workings of international justice. “International criminal justice is all about politics,” he told Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, in an interview on April 26, 2012. “It requires political will to set up the institutions of criminal justice, and it takes even more political will to see that they succeed.”
Even in his role as the first prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda (August 1994-September 1996), Goldstone says that the demands of managing an international prosecution made it essential to understand diplomatic approaches. “It’s a necessity to be a diplomat, to get governments to go along…I found it very useful in the Hague to be adopted by the diplomatic corps.”
On the topic of the recent verdict against ex-Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, the former prosecutor was ebullient. “I think it’s a huge victory for international justice,” he said. “The press reports are coming through on the web of rejoicing in Sierra Leone, that’s what its all about…they’re the victims that suffered.”
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