• Zachary Kaufman
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Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and teaches at Stanford Law School.

     Previously, Dr. Kaufman 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 (2016), Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World(2012), and After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond (2009). He is also the author of over 40 articles and book chapters, most of which are available for free download through his Social Science Research Network (SSRN) page. His work has been published by the Yale Journal of International Law, Harvard International Law Journal, Yale Law & Policy Review, Yale Human Rights & Development Law JournalEmory International Law Review, Foreign Policy, Just Security, and other journals.

     Dr. Kaufman has served in all three branches of the U.S. government. He was a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow, a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a clerk for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In addition, he served at the U.S. Departments of State and Justice. He also has served at three international war crimes tribunals: the International Criminal Court (where he was the first American to serve) as well as the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the Former Yugoslavia. In the private sector, Dr. Kaufman has practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and worked at Google.

     Dr. Kaufman is a member of the Association of Marshall Scholars’ Board of Directors’ Executive Committee and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2001 to 2015, he was the founder, president, and chair of the Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Kigali Public Library, which partnered with the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga to build Rwanda’s first-ever public library, the Kigali Public Library (also known as Rwanda Library Services). The institution now serves as Rwanda’s national public library and focal point for the country’s annual“Rwanda Reads” literacy campaign.

     Dr. Kaufman received his Ph.D. in International Relations from Oxford University (where he was a Marshall Scholar), his J.D. from Yale Law School (where he was an Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy; Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review; Managing Editor of the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal; Articles Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law; and co-founder and co-president of Yale Law Social Entrepreneurs), and his BA in Political Science from Yale University (where he was the student body president, a freshman residential counselor, captain of the Yale Wrestling Team, and an All-American and Runner-up National Champion in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association).

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