American University Washington College of Law Professor Appointed to Leadership Roles at the International Commission of Jurists
Robert K. Goldman Earns Commissioner Role and Position on Executive Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 23, 2009) – American University Washington College of Law congratulates Professor Robert K. Goldman on his election as a commissioner on the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), a non-governmental organization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland that is composed of up to 60 lawyers dedicated to ensuring respect for international human rights standards and the rule of law. Goldman was also elected to serve on the executive committee of the ICJ. Goldman replaces Jerome Shestak, former president of the American Bar Association, as the sole United States commissioner at ICJ.

Since 2005, Goldman has been a member of the Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights, which was commissioned by the ICJ to study the global impact since September 11, 2001 of counter-terrorist measures on human rights. The report of the eight member panel will be released in mid-February after three years of intensive inquiry spanning more than 40 countries.

The ICJ provides legal expertise at both the international and national levels to ensure that developments in international law adhere to human rights principles and that international standards are implemented at the national level.

At American University Washington College of Law, Goldman is the Louis C. James Scholar, co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and faculty director of the War Crimes Research Office. He holds expertise in international and human rights law, U.S. foreign policy, terrorism, and the law of armed conflict.

From 1996 to 2004 he was a member of the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and its president in 1999. From July 2004 to July 2005, Goldman was the UN Human Rights Commission's Independent Expert on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.

He is author of The Protection of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future (1972); coauthor of Middle East Watch's book, Needless Deaths in the Gulf War, a 1991 publication that assessed civilian casualties during the 39-day air campaign and assigned responsibility for violations of the laws of war; and co-author of The International Dimension of Human Rights: A Guide For Application in Domestic Law (2001). He is also the author of scores of reports, papers and articles on human rights and humanitarian law related issues.