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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

2020-03-06
Stanford Law School

Lecture Title: “Digital Age Samaritans” Panel Title: “Borders in the Digital Age: Democracy, Markets, and National Security” Conference Title: “Borders: Laws of Physical and Conceptual Space” Date: TBD (either Friday, March 6, or Saturday, March 7, 2020) Time: TBD Venue: …

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2020-03-27
International Studies Association

Lecture Title: “Legislating Atrocity Prevention” Panel Title: “Preventing and Punishing Atrocities” Conference: International Studies Association Date: Friday, March 27, 2020 Time: 8 AM – 9:45 AM Venue: T1058 Parlor Tapa Tower Hilton Hawaiian Village Honolulu, Hawaii

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2020-03-27
University of Hawai'i Richardson School of Law (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Lecture Title: “Legislating Atrocity Prevention” Date: Friday, March 27, 2020 Time: TBD Venue: University of Hawai’i Richardson School of Law Honolulu, Hawaii

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2020-06-08
Gonzaga University School of Law - Human Rights Conference (Florence, Italy)

Lecture Title: “Digital Age Samaritans” Panel Title: TBD Conference Title: “Women’s Rights as Human Rights” Date: June 8, 2020. Time: TBD Venue: Gonzaga University School of Law – Human Rights Conference Florence, Italy

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2020-07-24
UCLA School of Law (Los Angeles, California)

Lecture Title: “Digital Age Samaritans” Panel Title: TBD Conference Title: “International Legal Ethics Conference” Date: TBD (July 23, 24, or 25, 2020) Time: TBD Venue: University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law Los Angeles, California

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2020-08-02
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: TBD Panelists: Chair: TBD Discussant: TBD Participants: Zachary D. Kaufman (University of Houston Law Center) Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020 Time: TBD Venue: TBD Ft. …

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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: TBD Panelists: Chair: TBD Discussant: TBD Participants: Zachary D. Kaufman (University of Houston Law Center) Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Time: TBD Venue: TBD Ft. …

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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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