Parwez Besmel

Visiting Fellow
1017 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06510

Parwez Besmel is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Philosophy and a Fellow of the Yale Global Justice Program. As a fellow of the Yale Global Justice Program, he conducts research on the potential effects of the International Criminal Court’s investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity on looming reconciliation and ending a culture of impunity in Afghanistan. The project aims to understand the ICC’s and the Afghan scholars/politicians’ vision for accountability and for reconciling the two key goals of transitional justice.

Parwez holds a Ph.D. in Politics and International Affairs. He is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. He previously worked as a faculty and Director of Cultural Affairs at Kabul University. His research focuses on transitional justice, international crimes, the International Criminal Court, and Afghanistan.

Selected publications:

•       Besmel, P. (2021). “A Holistic Approach to Transitional Justice for Afghanistan” in Liam Leonard (ed.). Global Perspectives on People, Process, and Practice in Criminal Justice, pp 195-213. IGI Global.

•       Besmel, P. (2020). “The Pathway to Transitional Justice in Afghanistan.” Journal of Global South Studies, 37(2), 240-269.

•       Besmel, P., & Alvarez, A.  (2017). “Transitional Justice and the Legacy of Nuremberg: the promise and problems of confronting atrocities in post-conflict societies.” Journal of Genocide Studies International, 11(2), 182-196.