Vanaf 1 april tot 30 juni 2009 zal Richard Goldstone, geboren in 1938 in Boksburg, Zuid Afrika, de eerste 'Spinoza Fellow' zijn.
"The Spinoza Fellowship is a joint venture between NIAS, the City of The Hague, The Hague Campus of Leiden University and Radio Netherlands Worldwide. This annual fellowship hosts a fellow who may be internationally renowned scientist, jurist, journalist, writer or artist. Spinoza Fellows will research a subject relating to international peace, justice and law and make his or her research accessible to a wider audience.
Apart from a residency at NIAS, fellows will spend this period inspiring interest in specific themes among the Dutch and the international community by means of readings, debates, interviews and publications. The new initiative has the broad support of a variety of Dutch organisations." [Van de site van het NIAS]
The first Spinoza Fellow is the internationally renowned Richard J. Goldstone, (born October 26, 1938), best known as an international war crimes prosecutor. A committed human rights activist, he served as the Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda from 1994 to 1996. He served as a member of the International Group of Advisers of the International Committee of the Red Cross from 1999 to 2003." [NIAS]