Richard Goldstone (26 October 1938 -) is a distinguished South African former judge who started his career as a commercial lawyer. He was appointed by the South African government to serve on the Transvaal Supreme Court from 1980 to 1989 and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa from 1990 to 1994. His international career advanced in 1994 when he was appointed the Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, until 1996. From 1999 to 2003 he served as a member of the International Group of Advisers of the International Committee of the Red Cross. From August 1999 until December 2001 he was the chairperson of the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo.
Since the spring of 2004, Justice Goldstone has been teaching as a visiting professor of law at number of United States Law Schools including Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, NYU Law School, Fordham Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and the University of Virginia Law School. He is a co-chairperson of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association and the William Hughes Mulligan Professor of International Law at Fordham School.
For his work Richard Goldstone received a number of international prizes and honorary doctorates.