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Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Law and Political Science & Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Institute

Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Houston Law Center, where he is Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Institute. He also holds appointments at the University’s Department of Political Science, Hobby School of Public Affairs, and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership. During the Spring 2023 semester, Professor Kaufman will be the William & Patricia Kleh Visiting Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law. He previously taught at Stanford Law School, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, Yale University Department of Political Science, and George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.

Professor Kaufman is currently working on his fourth book, this one on the law and politics of bystanders and upstanders (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press). His award-winning scholarship is also published or forthcoming in the Boston College Law Review, Southern California Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Harvard International Law Journal, 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.

Professor Kaufman’s full biography is available here .


  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • D.Phil. (Ph.D.) and M.Phil. (both in International Relations), Oxford University (Marshall Scholar)
  • B.A. (Political Science), Yale University


  • Criminal Law
  • International Law
  • National Security Law
  • International Justice and Atrocities

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Law
  • International Law (including International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, and International Human Rights Law)
  • National Security Law
  • International and Transitional Justice
  • International Courts and Tribunals (including the International Criminal Court)
  • Human Rights
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Conflict
  • Atrocity Crimes (including Genocide, War Crimes, and Crimes Against Humanity)
  • Atrocity Prevention and Response
  • Legislation (including Bad Samaritan Laws)
  • Bystanders and Upstanders
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • U.S. National Security
  • United Nations (including the UN Security Council)
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Africa (particularly Rwanda)




Law Review Articles and Essays

Book Chapters and Other Book Sections

Book Reviews

  • The Pinochet Effect, 32 Yale Journal of International Law 297 (2007) (reviewing Naomi Roht-Arriaza, The Pinochet Effect: Transnational Justice in the Age of Human Rights (2005))
  • Designing Criminal Tribunals, 10 Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal 209 (2007) (reviewing Lilian A Barria & Steven D. Roper, Designing Criminal Tribunals: Sovereignty and International Concerns in the Protection of Human Rights (2006))

Selected Commentary

Professor Kaufman's other publications are available here.



Activities and Affiliations


Honors and Awards


Curriculum Vitae