James Goldston

Executive Director,
Open Society Justice Initiative

James A. Goldston is the executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, which advances the rule of law and legal protection of rights worldwide through advocacy, litigation, research and the promotion of legal capacity. A leading practitioner of international human rights and criminal law, Goldston has litigated several groundbreaking cases before the European Court of Human Rights and United Nations treaty bodies, including on issues of torture, counterterrorism and racial discrimination.

In 2007 to 2008, he served as coordinator of prosecutions and senior trial attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.

Prior to Open Society, Goldston was the legal director of the Budapest-based European Roma Rights Centre; director general for human rights of the Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; and prosecutor in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he focused on organized crime.

Goldston graduated from Columbia College and Harvard Law School, and has taught at Columbia Law School and Central European University.