Mr. Vamos-Goldman helped to found, and for almost 10 years led Justice Rapid Response (JRR) as its Executive Director. JRR is an intergovernmental facility that has professionalized international investigations, and thus helped to make accountability more credible for international crimes such as genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and a wide range of human rights violations. Mr. Vamos-Goldman is also a former Canadian diplomat, whose career included assignments in East Africa; Washington DC; the United Nations in New York (where he served as both Legal Adviser as well as Political Coordinator during Canada’s last membership on the Security Council); and South Africa.
Mr. Vamos-Goldman also practiced private international law with the law with the firm of Stikeman Elliot, and was Law and Policy Adviser to the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy during his tenure as the CEO of the University of British Columbia’s Liu Institute for Global Initiative. Mr. Vamos-Goldman’s involvement with international justice and investigations goes back to the late 1990s. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Sierra Leone Special Court, becoming the founding Chair of its Management Committee. He also served on the Bureau of the International Criminal Court’s Preparatory Committee.
Mr. Vamos-Goldman is an experienced international relations and legal professional with more than thirty years of practice in law, diplomacy, academia and social enterprise. He has a BA and LLB from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; and an LLM in International and Comparative law from Georgetown University in Washington DC. He is a member of both the Law Society of Ontario, Canada, as well as the New York Bar. Most recently, Mr. Vamos-Goldman has been working as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, where he was also a Visiting Senior Fellow.”