April 2, 2020 - University of Houston Law Center Associate Professor of Law and Political Science Zachary D. Kaufman was named Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Human Rights Interest Group last week. He will serve in this position for a three-year term. The group’s membership includes approximately 650 scholars and practitioners from around the world.
“Rigorous, impactful academic engagement in the field of human rights is all the more crucial today, when such principles and protections are increasingly under threat in much of the world,” Kaufman said. “I am honored to be elected Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Human Rights Interest Group, which strengthens that scholarly discourse in our turbulent times.”
According to the American Society of International Law, “the members of the Human Rights Interest Group work in the interface between research and activism, between law teaching and law practice, and between observation and participation.”
Kaufman, who teaches Criminal Law, International Law, and International Justice and Atrocities, also serves as a leader of another prominent legal association’s human rights division. In January 2020, he was selected as Treasurer and Executive Committee member of the Association of American Law Schools’ International Human Rights Section, which includes over 525 members.