Ali Wardak

Dr Ali Wardak is a reader in criminology at the University of Cardiff. In 2013 together with Professor John Braithwaite, Dr Wardak received the British Journal of Criminology’s Radzinowicz Memorial Prize for thee paper, ‘Crime and War in Afghanistan’ (Part I and Part II).

Dr. Ali Wardak has also co-authored with John Braithwaite the feature article ‘Is killing Taliban a good idea?’, Inside Story Dec 7 2011, and the forthcoming article ‘Crime, War and Leviathan’. Dr Wardak was born in Afghanistan, and is graduate in law and jurisprudence from Kabul University, Afghanistan. He obtained his PhD degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) in 1995. Dr Wardak is currently a Reader (Associate Professor) in criminology at the University of Glamorgan, United Kingdom, and Vice President of the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV). His main teaching and research interests focus on comparative criminology, rule of law and the relationships between state and non-state justice systems. From September 2006 to October 2008, he worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kabul, and co-authored the 2007 Afghanistan Human Development Report. Dr Wardak has published widely on criminological and Afghanistan related issues, and his publications include three books: Social Control and Deviance: A South Asian Community in Scotland (2000, Aldershot: Ashgate), Transnational and Comparative Criminology (2005, London: Cavendish), and Race and Probation (2006, London: Willan). He has presented numerous academic papers at major international conferences in Asia, Australia, Europe and in the USA and contributed to various current affairs/news programmes of the BBC (Television) Wales, ITV, BBC Radio 4 (Sara Dickens’s Programme), Radio Red Dragon, BBC Radio-One World, BBC Persian and Pashto programmes, Radio Liberty, Tolo and Lemar TVs (Afghanistan), and Vice of America Ashna TV (Dari and Pashto). Dr Wardak speaks, reads and writes in Pashto, Dari/Persian, Arabic and English proficiently.

Research interests: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR); peacebuilding and peacemaking; rule of law; women, social exclusion and access to justice in Afghanistan

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