Session 7 (rescheduled)

Friday, May 9, 2014
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein 219)
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Study Group
Transitional Justice

Spring 2014
Sesssion 7 (originally session 6)


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Session Title/Topic:

Gacaca: A Customary Form of Transitional Justice”


Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman
Legal academic, political scientist, and social entrepreneur
Lecturer, Yale University Department of Political Science
Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School

Session Overview:

Dr. Kaufman will discuss gacaca, a traditional conflict resolution system in Rwanda that was revived and revised to address the overwhelming majority of individuals suspected of perpetrating crimes during the 1994 genocide. He will describe gacaca’s operations and compare it to more common transitional justice mechanisms, such as war crimes tribunals and truth commissions.

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More about Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman:

Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman is a legal academic, political scientist, and social entrepreneur. He is currently a Lecturer in Yale’s Political Science Department, a Visiting Fellow at Yale (at the Law School, the School of Management’s Program on Social Enterprise, and the Genocide Studies Program), a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to his other publications, his first book was After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond; his second book was Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World; and his third book (forthcoming) is about U.S. foreign policy on transitional justice. Dr. Kaufman has worked on transitional justice issues for the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, the UN International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the Former Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Court. He was instrumental in building Rwanda’s first-ever public library, the Kigali Public Library.