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Zachary D. Kaufman

Visiting Professor

Professor Zachary D. Kaufman is a Visiting Professor while on leave from the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC), where he is Associate Professor of Law and Political Science and Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Institute. Immediately before joining UHLC, Professor Kaufman taught at Stanford Law School and was a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Previously, Professor Kaufman held academic appointments at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Stanford University, and New York University and taught at Yale University’s Department of Political Science and George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Professor Kaufman is currently working on his fourth book, this one on the law and politics of bystanders and up-standers (under contract with Cambridge University Press). His award-winning scholarship is also published by or forthcoming in the Boston College Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Harvard International Law Journal, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Yale Journal of International Law, Yale Law & Policy Review, Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal, Stanford Law & Policy Review, Emory International Law Review, Journal of International Criminal Justice, and other journals. He has also written for popular outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Daily News, the Pittsburgh Post-GazetteForeign PolicyForbesCentral African Magazine, and both of the leading international law blogs (Just Security and Opinio Juris). He has delivered more than 300 lectures around the world, including in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Rwanda, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, such as National Public Radio, the BBC, NBC News, CNBC, Voice of America, the Boston Globe, the Houston ChronicleForeign PolicyPsychology Today, the Huffington Post, and the Crime Report.

Professor Kaufman has served in all three branches of the U.S. government. In the judicial branch, he was a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow and clerk to a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In the legislative branch, he was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In the executive branch, he served at the U.S. Departments of Justice and State. 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 UN International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the Former Yugoslavia. In the private sector, Professor Kaufman has practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and worked at Google.

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

Professor Kaufman’s full biography is available here.

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