photoZachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., is an academic specializing in political science, public policy, and law. His scholarly work (writing, teaching, and speaking) focuses on the fields of international law and international relations, including U.S. foreign policy; international and transitional justice; human rights; genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other atrocities; social entrepreneurship; and the Great Lakes region of sub-Saharan Africa (particularly Rwanda).

Dr. Kaufman is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University‘s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition, he continues to be a Visiting Fellow at both Yale Law School and Yale University‘s Genocide Studies Program as well as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he taught in Yale University‘s Department of Political Science and George Washington University‘s Elliott School of International Affairs, and he held fellowships or research positions at the U.S. Supreme Court, Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Yale School of Management, and Stanford University.

In addition to his other writing, Dr. Kaufman is the author or editor of three books: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (Oxford University Press 2016); Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World (Edward Elgar 2012); and After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond (Oxford University Press 2009).

Dr. Kaufman received his D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in International Relations from the University of Oxford (where he was a Marshall Scholar), his J.D. from Yale Law School (where he was an Olin Fellow and Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review), and his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University (where he was the student body president).

For Dr. Kaufman’s expanded biography, please see here.

Writing

United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice

United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics

“In this strikingly original and meticulously researched book, Dr. Zachary Kaufman argues that the United States has led in the creation of some crucial international criminal tribunals for prudential reasons. The book provides essential insights for all interested in preventing mass atrocity, most importantly that war crimes tribunals have been and can be a prudent policy option for the United States.”

Dr. Kathryn A. Sikkink,
Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World

“How can anyone make a difference in a world marked by genocide, civil war, refugee crises, disease epidemics? With conscience, hope, and sweat equity, Dr. Zachary Kaufman and the other contributors to this book have offered aid, created organizations serving victims of human rights violations, and learned from set-backs and failures. Their insight into challenges of sustainable fund-raising, organizational design and management, and skepticism about young Western volunteers can inspire and instruct others who hope to address suffering and injustice through initiative, analysis, and commitment.”

Martha Minow,
Dean, Harvard Law School

After Genocide

After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond

“This book should be labelled ‘for the mature individual only.’ But for that mature individual it is of extreme interest. It shows, far from any Manichean stereotyping, the many facets of having to try to live in an impossibly complex social and human situation. Highly recommended.”

Gérard Prunier,
The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide

Upcoming Events

APSA

2016-09-02
American Political Science Association - 2016 Annual Meeting

Title: The Role of Law: Punishing Perpetrators of Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities Conference: American Political Science Association: 2016 Annual Meeting Date:  Friday, September 2, 2016 Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Venue: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (exact venue TBD)

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2016-09-02
American Political Science Association - 2016 Annual Meeting

Title: Innovation and Evolution in International Law, Norms and the Laws of War Conference: American Political Science Association: 2016 Annual Meeting Panelists: Chair and Discussant: Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman Participants: Anatoly Levshin Joseph O’Mahoney Drew Herrick Brian Smith Joseph Kochanek Date:  Friday, September …

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2016-09-03
American Political Science Association - 2016 Annual Meeting

Title: United States Foreign Policy on Transitional Justice (roundtable book discussion) Conference: American Political Science Association: 2016 Annual Meeting Panelists: Chair: Ruti Teitel, Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law, New York Law School; author, Transitional Justice and Globalizing Transitional Justice Participants: Dr. Annie Bird, Policy Advisor, …

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2016-09-03
American Political Science Association - 2016 Annual Meeting

Title: Law and Patterns of Political Contestation Conference: American Political Science Association: 2016 Annual Meeting Panelists: Chair: Andrew C. Rudalebige, Bowdoin College Discussant: Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman Participants: Fiona Shen-Bayh & Shinhye Choi Hannah Simpson Paul Brian Nolette Mackenzie Eason Date:  Saturday, September 3, …

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2016-09-15
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Title: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (book talk) Moderator: Alex Whiting, Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School Co-Sponsors: Harvard Law School Human Rights Program Institute for Global Law & Policy Harvard Kennedy School of Government …

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Columbia Law School

2016-09-19
Columbia Law School, New York, New York

Title: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (book talk) Date:  Monday, September 19, 2016 Time: 12:10 PM – 1:10 PM Venue: Columbia Law School 435 West 116th Street New York, New York 10027  

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