August 21 Friday

Virtual Cyber Policy Talk: Digital Age Samaritans

  • Friday, August 21, 2020 at 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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Modern technology enables crimes to be documented and viewed contemporaneously or soon after. This technology creates jurisdictional and authenticity challenges but also opportunities for individuals who are not even physically present to become aware of emergencies and to provide assistance. This presentation—and its related forthcoming article—will explore some of these situations and consider what, if any, affirmative duties third parties should shoulder in those contexts.

            This article will be the second in a series of articles on bystanders and upstanders that will culminate in the author’s next book (under contract with Cambridge University Press). The first article in the series, which was inspired by the #MeToo movement, was: Zachary D. Kaufman, Protectors of Predators or Prey: Bystanders and Upstanders amid Sexual Crimes, 92 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1317 (2019)


Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Houston Law Center. Immediately before, he taught at Stanford Law School as a Lecturer 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 upstanders (under contract with Cambridge University Press). The three other books of which he is the author or editor are: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (Oxford University Press, 2016); Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012); and After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is also the author of over 40 articles and book chapters. His work has been published by the Southern California Law Review, Yale Journal of International Law, Yale Law & Policy Review, Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Harvard International Law Journal, Stanford Law & Policy Review, Emory International Law Review, Journal of International Criminal Justice, and other journals.

Professor Kaufman has served in all three branches of the U.S. government (including as a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow and Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee) and in three war crimes tribunals (including as the first American to serve at the International Criminal Court). He 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).


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