Parwez Besmel

Parwez Besmel

Parwez Besmel

Assistant Professor

Transitional Justice, Political Crimes, Human Rights, and International Criminal Court

Dr. Parwez Besmel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. His research interests focus on fundamental inquiries into how societies emerging from periods of conflict and repression grapple with the legacies of past atrocities. Drawing upon the theoretical frameworks of retributive and restorative justice, he investigates the reasons why certain nations pursue the path of retributive justice, employing trials and legal mechanisms, while others embrace restorative justice, as exemplified by truth and reconciliation commissions. He is the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Recent award includes the 2023 John F. Richards Fellowship, Afghanistan Research Grant aimed at furthering his research into the International Criminal Court’s ongoing inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan. Dr. Besmel is also a Fellow in the Global Justice Program at Yale University.

Selected Publications


Besmel, P. (2021). “A Holistic Approach to Transitional Justice for Afghanistan” in 
Liam Leonard (Eds). 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.


Ph.D.   Politics and International Affairs, Northern Arizona University, 2016  

M.A.    Teaching English as a Second Language, Northern Arizona University, 2005

B.A.     English Literature, Kabul University, 2000