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

Dr. Kaufman is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Lecturer in Law and Fellow at Stanford Law School. Previously, he taught in Yale University‘s Department of Political Science and George Washington University‘s Elliott School of International Affairs. He also has held academic appointments at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Stanford University, and New York University.

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). He is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters.

Dr. Kaufman received his D.Phil. (Ph.D.) and M.Phil., both in International Relations, from the University of Oxford (where he was a Marshall Scholar), his J.D. from Yale Law School (where he was 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

2019-04-27
TBD, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Conference Title: TBD Lecture Title (Keynote Address): “Remembering Rwanda: Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Tutsi” Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 Time: TBD Venue: TBD Hamilton, Ontario Canada

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2019-05-02
Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Lecture Title: “Remembering Rwanda: Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Tutsi” Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 Time: 6 PM – 8:15 PM Venue: Harvard Faculty Club Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts

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2019-05-02
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

Lecture Title: “The Controversy over Term Limits in the United States and Abroad” Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 Time: TBD Venue: Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Cambridge, Massachusetts

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2019-05-03
Council on Foreign Relations

Conference Title: Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellows’ 2019 Conference Panel Title: “Conflict Prevention and Termination: Lessons Learned from Syria to Afghanistan and Beyond” Panelists: Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D. Courtney Cooper Venue: Council on Foreign Relations 58 East …

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2019-05-13
Stanford Law School (Stanford, California)

Panel Title: “Successfully Navigating the Academic Job Market” Date: Monday, May 13, 2019 Time: 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM Venue: Stanford Law School Stanford, California

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2019-05-14
Council on Foreign Relations, Stanford University, Stanford, California

Lecture Title: “Remembering Rwanda: Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Tutsi” Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Time: TBD Venue: Stanford University Stanford, California

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2019-05-15
Stanford University, Stanford, California

Lecture Title: “Remembering Rwanda: Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Tutsi” Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Time: 12 PM – 1 PM Venue: Center for African Studies Stanford University Stanford, California

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2019-05-31
Law and Society Association - 2019 Annual Meeting

Title: Bystanders and Upstanders amid Sexual Crimes Conference: Law and Society Association: 2019 Annual Meeting Panel: Legal Consciousness Across Contexts Panelists: Chair: TBD Discussant: TBD Participants: Zachary D. Kaufman (Stanford Law School / Harvard University Kennedy School of Government) Date:  Friday, …

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2019-06-14
American Bar Association

Lecture Title: “Remembering Rwanda: Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Tutsi” Speakers: Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D. Jacqueline Murekatete Date: Friday, June 14, 2019 Time: TBD Host: American Bar Association Venue: TBD

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2019-08-02
Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) - 2019 Annual Conference, Boca Raton, Florida

Title: “Bystanders and Upstanders amid Sexual Crimes” Conference: Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS): 2019 Annual Conference Panel: TBD Panelists: Chair: TBD Discussant: TBD Participants: Zachary D. Kaufman (University of Houston Law Center) Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 Time: TBD …

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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

. @zacharykaufman , Keynote Speaker at the International Symposium on Genocide held @michiganstateu focused his remarks on 10 lessons form #Rwanda that could be useful today amidst deep political, racial, ethnic, and gender divisions around the world (1) cont'd #Kwibuka25

1. Hate speech can incite mass violence
2. Atrocity prevention is possible
3. Justice and accountability are essential
4. Promoting women's rights and representation is crucial
5. Genocide denial must be combatted
(2) cont'd #Kwibuka25 @zacharykaufman

6. Genocide education is necessary
7. Self-reliance is vital
8. Survivors need ongoing support
9. Upstanderism is imperative
10. "Never Again" is an unfulfilled platitude uttered again and again.
(3) #Kwibuka25 @zacharykaufman

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