Zachary Kaufman, Legal academic, political scientist, and social entrepreneur

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“A Transitional Justice Perspective on the Trump Prosecutions”

Conference: Association of American Law Schools (AALS): 2024 Annual Meeting

Panel: “A Transitional Justice Perspective on the Trump Prosecutions”

Description: The panel will examine the criminal prosecutions of former President Donald J. Trump from a transitional justice perspective. Transitional justice typically describes how societies respond to legacies of civil war or mass atrocities. But it also provides an important perspective on the Trump prosecutions as the U.S. grapples with the challenges posed by its first-ever indictments of a former president in the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the Capitol and attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The panel will explore how theories and experiences of transitional justice inform our understanding of the current prosecutions.


  • Moderator: Darin Johnson
  • Panelists:
    • Jonathan Hafetz
    • Zachary D. Kaufman
    • Lisa Laplante
    • Rachel Lopez

Date: January 3, 2024

Time: 1 pm – 2:40 pm Eastern Time