“Police Policing Police”
The Kleh Lecture featuring Zachary D. Kaufman
Police Policing Police
Professor Zachary D. Kaufman, the William & Patricia Kleh Visiting Professor in International Law at Boston University School of Law, will deliver this year’s Kleh Lecture in International Law.
Police killings of George Floyd and at least 2,218 other Black Americans since 2015 have amplified a racial reckoning and intensified demands for meaningful, overdue police reform. Drawing on laws and lessons stemming from genocide and other atrocity crimes, Professor Kaufman will propose that Congress and state legislatures across the United States enact criminal laws creating a law enforcement officer duty to intervene in their colleagues’ misuse of force. Introducing criminal liability for inaction, Professor Kaufman will contend, could prod officers to stop their peers’ serious misconduct and would promote accountability for those officers who remain bystanders.
During his lecture, Professor Kaufman will explain how bystanders, upstanders, and enablers of the Holocaust play a role in his proposal. Professor Kaufman will conclude by presenting a model statute for a law enforcement officer duty to intervene.
Professor Kaufman’s research and recommendations on this topic will be published this month in his article, Police Policing Police.
Thursday, April 13th, 2023
Barristers Hall, BU School of Law
12:45 – 2:00pm
About our Speaker
Professor Zachary D. Kaufman has joined Boston University School of Law as the William & Patricia Kleh Visiting Professor in International Law for the spring 2023 semester. He is teaching two courses—National Security Law and Transitional Justice—and will deliver the annual Kleh Lecture in International Law on April 13.
Professor Kaufman is on leave from the University of Houston Law Center, where he is associate professor of law and political science and codirector of the Criminal Justice Institute. He has also taught at Stanford Law School, Yale University Department of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, and George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. In addition, he was a senior fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and held other academic appointments at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Stanford University, and New York University.
The author or editor of three books and more than 40 articles and book chapters, Professor Kaufman is currently working on his fourth book (under contract with Cambridge University Press), this one on the law and politics of bystanders and upstanders. He has also written for popular outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, Forbes, among others, and both of the leading international law blogs (Just Security and Opinio Juris).
Please note that this conversation will be held in person, and also on zoom.
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