Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., researches, writes, and lectures on international law and international relations, including U.S. foreign policy; transitional justice; human rights; genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other mass atrocities; war crimes tribunals (including the International Criminal Court); social entrepreneurship; and the Great Lakes region of Africa (particularly Rwanda).
From 2014 to 2015, Dr. Kaufman served as a Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court. Previously, he taught in Yale University's Department of Political Science and George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. He has also held fellowships, lectureships, or research positions at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University, and New York University. Prior to academia, he practiced law at a global firm, clerked for a federal appellate judge, worked at Google, and served at the U.S. Departments of State and Justice as well as the UN International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the Former Yugoslavia. He was also the first American to serve at the International Criminal Court.
In addition to his other publications, 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). A Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he 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 and 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).