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Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., is a professor specializing in law, political science, and public policy. His scholarly work (writing, teaching, and speaking) focuses on a range of issues in these fields.

Professor 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 Publishing, 2012); and After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is also the author of over 40 articles and book chapters.

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

For Professor 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

2020-08-04
Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) - 2020 Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Title: “Digital Age Samaritans” Conference: Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS): 2020 Annual Conference Panel: Works-in-Progress Series: Criminal and International Law Panelists: Moderator: Shelly Taylor Page Participants: Jenny Carroll Zachary D. Kaufman Steven Koh John Linnarelli Jena Martin Anna Roberts …

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2020-08-05
Feminist Legal Theory Series

Lecture Title: “Digital Age Samaritans” Date: August 5, 2020 Time: 2 pm EDT Venue: Feminist Legal Theory Series

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2020-08-21
Yale Law School

Lecture Title: “Digital Age Samaritans” Date: Friday, August 21, 2020 Time: 12 pm EST Venue: Yale Law School – Information Society Project

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2020-10-02
Chicagoland Junior Scholars Conference

Conference Title: Chicagoland Junior Scholars Conference Lecture Title: “Digital Age Samaritans” Date: October 2, 2020 Time: TBD Host: Northern Illinois University College of Law

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2021-01-05
Association of American Law Schools (AALS) - 2021 Annual Conference

Title: “Digital Age Samaritans” Conference: Association of American Law Schools (AALS): 2021 Annual Conference Panel: “Rescuing Law: On Fetal Harms, Moms, Migrants, and #MeToo” Panelists: Moderator: Jay Silver Participants: Meghan Boone Zachary D. Kaufman Shalini Bhargava Ray Sarah Swan Date: …

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Recent Updates


Declassified Documents

Through submitting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to various U.S. government...

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Publications

2016
United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice

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

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Transitional Justice Media

Over the years, transitional justice and related human rights issues have featured in many films...

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Publications

2012-08-31
Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World "How can anyone make a...

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After Genocide

Publications

2009-03-23
After Genocide

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

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Recent Tweets

August 1st marks the 11th anniversary of the promulgation of Afghanistan's Law on Elimination of Violence against Women. My recent article, published in @NorthwesternLaw Journal of Human Rights, examined 🇦🇫's response to gender-based violence.

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Thrilled to have this piece out in @PVGlance today! It uses new data on militarized policing around the globe to put developments in the US in comparative context, & highlights how much we don't yet know about the causes & effects of militarized policing https://politicalviolenceataglance.org/2020/07/23/international-trends-in-militarized-policing-new-data-and-puzzles/

My Reflection on the ADA to celebrate its 30th Birthday via @acslaw: Beyond the Right to Live in the World: A Reflection on the ADA and Disability Law | ACS https://www.acslaw.org/expertforum/beyond-the-right-to-live-in-the-world-a-reflection-on-the-ada-and-disability-law/

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