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PhD Criminology

MA Sociology

BA Law and Jurisprudence (Class – A)

Certificate: ‘Deprivation of Liberty and Human Rights’ (European Society of Criminology)

Certificate: ‘Advanced Security in the Field’ (UN Department of Safely and Security – online)

Certificate: ‘Basic Security in the Field’ (UN Department of Safely and Security – online)

Certificate: ‘Hostile Environment Awareness Training’ (Safer Edge)


Dr. Ali Wardak, who obtained his PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh, played a central role in founding the BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice Award (s) at the University of South Wales (formerly University of Glamorgan) following his appointment as lecturer in 1995. His main teaching interests, which focus on comparative crime and justice, criminological theory and the relationships between state and non-state justice systems, are closely related to his research interests. From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Wardak worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kabul, and co-authored the 2007 Afghanistan Human Development Report where a ‘hybrid model’ for post-Taliban justice system in Afghanistan is proposed. Dr. Wardak has collaborated closely with Professor John Braithwaite on Peacebuilding Compared research project that focuses on a study of ‘what works in peace building’ and on the causes of conflicts in 48 countries around the world Peace Building Compared. He is a Vice President of the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology, and has been an invited speaker to major conferences/forums in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States.


A. USW’s ‘Best International Research Impact Award – 2017’ in recognition of the impact of Dr Wardak’s research which influenced reform of the justice system in Afghanistan.

B. The 2013 British Journal of Criminology Radzinowicz Prize

Joint winner – with John Braithwaite – of the 2013 British Journal of Criminology Radzinowicz Prize for their two-part article on Crime and war in Afghanistan. This prestigious international prize is awarded annually for the BJC article(s) that, in the opinion of the Editors, most contributes to knowledge of criminal justice issues and the development of criminology. The Radzinowicz Memorial Prize

C. Recognition of Research by the President of Afghanistan

An official letter of recognition from President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on producing prize winning research publications on crime and war in Afghanistan and their importance for peace-making in the country: President Office Afghanistan; English ‘translation’: President Office Afghanistan

D. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (FHEA):

Official international recognition of commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education aligned with the UK Professional Standards Higher Education Academy



Sept. 1995 – Date: Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of South Wales (and the former University of Glamorgan), UK

Sept. 1992 – Dec. 1995: Hourly Paid Tutor, University of Edinburgh, UK


Oct. 2015 – Apr. 2016: Senior Researcher, ‘Supporting Primary justice in Insecure Contexts: South and Afghanistan’ University of Leiden, the Netherlands (On part-time secondment).

Aug. 2006 – Sept. 2007: Research leader/Lead Author, the 2007 Afghanistan Human Development Report project, UNDP, Kabul, Afghanistan (On unpaid leave from the university).

Sept. 2007 – Oct. 2008: Acting Director/Head of Capacity Building and Academic Exchange Programme, UNDP Supported Centre for Policy and Human Development (CPHD), Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan (On unpaid leave from the university).

Sept. 2005 – Sept 2006: Co-ordinator, MSc Programme in Criminology & Criminal Justice, HASS, (formerly) University of Glamorgan, UK

July 2001 – October 2003: Director, ‘Black and Asian Offenders’ research consortium, funded Home Office , HASS, (former) University of Glamorgan, UK (On full-time secondment).

June 1997 – July 2001: Award Co-ordinator, BSc (Hons) Criminology and BA (Hons) Criminal Justice Awards, HASS, (former) University of Glamorgan, UK


A. Current Doctoral Students:

1. Paolo Baffero: A Field Study of Community Justice in Bolivia

2. Kanishka Nawabi: Pathways to Suicide Terrorism in Afghanistan

3. Wahidullah Amiri : Relationships between Formal and Informal Justice Systems
Afghanistan: Nangarhar Province as a Case Study

4. Sharmila Mahesh Kumar: Improving the Health and Social Outcomes of Treatment
Resistant Service Users on Long Term Methadone Maintenance Programmes in South

B. External PhD Thesis Examiner:

1. Rashid Aziz: ‘Taking the Strain: An Ethnographic Study of Second Generation British Asian Muslim Males and Arranged Marriage in West London’: City University London, September 2016.

2. Muzammil Quraishi: ‘Muslims and Crime: A Comparative Criminological Study of South Asian Muslims in Britain & Pakistan’, University of Wales Bangor: August 2003.



Criminological Theories ( Postgraduate programme)

Restorative Approaches with Children and Young People ( Postgraduate programme)

Comparative and Transnational Criminology (3ed year undergraduate programme)

Criminological Theory (1st Year undergraduate programme)

Selected lectures of Contemporary Crime Module ( 2ed year undergraduate programme)

CONVENER: Wednesday@One staff research seminars programme



Braithwaite, J. and Wardak, A. (2020) ‘War, Crime, Justice and Social Order in Afghanistan‘, in Routledge Handbook of South Asian Criminology, London and New York: Routledge.

Wardak, A. (2019)’ ‘Afghanistan: How to Widen Access to Justice’ The Conversation:

Qafisheh, M. and Wardak, A. (2019) ‘Restorative Justice Capacities in Middle Eastern
Culture and Society: Towards a Hybrid Model of Juvenile Justice in Palestine’, The International Journal of Restorative Justice vol. 2(1) pp. 93-116.

Wardak, A. (2018) ‘Institutionalizing Inclusive and Sustainable Justice: Practical Ways Forward’, Accord 27, London: Conciliation Resources.

Wardak (2016) A Decade and a Half of Rebuilding Afghanistan’s Justice System: An Overview, Leiden: VVI – University of Leiden (Accessible at:

Wardak, A. (2014) ‘The Tribal and Ethnic Composition of Afghan Society’, The Essential Field Guides to Afghanistan (4th Edition), Edited by Edward Girardet & Jonathan Walter, William Dowell, UK: Crosslines Ltd.

Braithwaite, J. Wardak, A. (2013) ‘Crime and War in Afghanistan Part I: The Hobbesian Solution’, British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 53/2: 179-196. (Accessible at:

Wardak, A. and Braithwaite, J. (2013) ‘Crime and War in Afghanistan Part II: A Jeffersonian Alternative?’, British Journal of Criminology , Vol. 53/2: 197-214. ((Accessible at:

Wardak, A. and Hamidzada, H. (2012) ‘The Search for Legitimate Rule, Justice and A Durable Peace: Hybrid Models of Governance in Afghanistan’ Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Vol. 7, No. 2: 211 – 220. (Accessible:

Braithwaite, J. and Wardak, A. (2011) ‘Is Killing Taliban a Good Idea?’, Inside Story, 7 December (Accessible at:

Wardak, A. (2011) ‘State and Non-State Justice Systems in Afghanistan: The Need for Synergy’, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Vol 32/5: 1305 – 1324. (Accessible at:’lL.1305(2011).pdf)

Wardak, A. (2009) ‘Rule of Law in Afghanistan: An Overview’ in LISD Petersberg Papers on Afghanistan, LCR No IV, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Wardak, A. (2009) ‘Rebuilding the Justice System in Afghanistan: Problems and Prospects’, Euro-Atlantic Quarterly, Vol. 16: 21 – 30.

Wardak, A. (with Saba, D. and Kazem, H.) (2007) Bridging Modernity and Tradition:
the Rule of Law and the Search for Justice, Afghanistan National Human
Development Report, Kabul: UNDP. Accessible at:

Wardak, A. (with Lewis et al) (2006) Race and Probation, London: Willan Publishers.

Wardak, A. and Cole (2006) ‘Black and Asian Men on Probation: Social Exclusion, Discrimination and Experiences of Criminal Justice’, in Race and Probation edited by Wardak, A. (with Lewis et al), London: Willan Publishers.

Wardak, A. (with Calverley, C. et al) (2006) ‘Black and Asian Probationers: Implications of the Home Office Study’, Probation Journal, Vol. 53, No. 1: 24 – 37.

Wardak, A. (2006) ‘Structures of Authority and Local Dispute Settlement in Afghanistan’ in Conflicts and Conflict Resolution in Middle Eastern Societies: Between Tradition and Modernity, Edited by Hans-Jörg Albrecht et al, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot.

Wardak, A. and Sheptycki, J. and A (2005) Transnational and Comparative Criminology, London: Cavendish.

Wardak, A. (2005) ‘Crime and Social Control in Saudi Arabia’ in Transnational and Comparative Criminology, Edited by J. Sheptycki and A. Wardak, London: Cavendish.

Wardak, A. (with Calverly, C. et al), (2004) Black and Asian Offenders on Probation, London: Home Office Study No 277, London: The Home Office.

Wardak, A. (2004) ‘Building a Post-War Justice System in Afghanistan’, Journal of Crime, Law and Social Change, Vol. 41: 319 – 341.
Wardak, A. (2002) ‘The Mosque and Social Control in Edinburgh’s Muslim Community’ in Journal of Culture and Religion Vol. 3: No 2.

Wardak, A. (2002) ‘Jirga: Power and Traditional Conflict Resolution in Afghanistan’ in Law After Ground Zero, Edited by John Strawson, London: Cavendish.

Wardak, A. (with Johnson, C. et al) (2003) Afghanistan’s Political and Constitutional Development, Humanitarian Policy Group, Report (January), London: ODI/DFID. (Accessible at:

Wardak, A. and Gemie, S. (2002) ‘Afghanistan after the Taliban, Planet No: 154: 22-31.

Wardak, A. (2000) Social Control and Deviance: A South Asian Community in Scotland, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.


Wales on Line (7 February 2015) ‘Meet the ‘Welsh Afghan’ Helping to heal a Nation Torn Apart by War and Violence’ (Accessible at:

Wales on Line (20 February 2015) ‘Afghanistan’s President Congratulates Welsh Scholar on his Pioneering Work’ ((Accessible at:

Wardak (2011) War-weary Afghans are Ready for a Unilateral Move to Bring Peace’ Western Mail (Page 23) 15 December (Accessible at…-a0274917840).

Wardak (2013) افغانستان کې د ولسمشرۍ ټاکنې پوښتنې او هیلې (Presidential Election in Afghanistan: Hopes and Fears), 5 September, BBC Pashto Official Website. Accessible at:

Wales on Line (23 August 2011) ‘Justice Expert Ali Wardak Urges Talks with Taliban after Afghanistan Visit’ (Accessible at:
Braithwaite, J. and Wardak, A. (2011) ‘Someone Must Seize the Peace’, Canberra Times, 9 December 2011 (Available at:…/someone-must-seize-the-peace-20111209-1)
Wardak (2003) Islam, Crime and Criminal Justice, by Spalek, The Howard Journal of
Criminal Justice 44:3.

Wardak (2002) Of Crime and Criminality: The Use of Theory in Everyday Life, by Sally
Simpson, for British Journal of Criminology 42:1.

Wardak, A. (2002) ‘An Afghan Optimist’ Planet 151 (January/February Issue)

Wardak, A. (2002) ‘Afghanistan: Aye Mostaqbal Seyasee?’ Al-Majalla 1167: pp 30-32. (in Arabic).

Wardak, A. (2001) `Poverty and Class Breed Hatred’ India Weekly (p.4), 76, Friday 15 June.

Wardak, A. (2001) ‘Fedr Cynghrair Y Gogledd Fyth Sefydlogi Afghanistan’ (Translated from English into Welsh by Barry Thomas) in golwg, p.7, 14:12, 22 November 2001.

Wardak, A. (2001) ‘Let’s be Tough on Terrorism and on the Causes of Terrorism’, Asia Express (pp: 6) Thursday, 20 September.

Wardak, A. (1995) Interview, The Guardian – Violence in Britain – supplement (p.4), Tuesday, 19 September.


2019: ‘Afghanistan’s Hybrid Model of State and Non-state Justice: Implications for Shalish in Bangladesh’, Invited Guest Lecture, University of Asia Pacific, Dhaka, Bangladesh 30 October.

2019: ‘Hybridity and Legal Pluralism in the Middle East’, Terre des hommes Annual Conference, Lausanne: 8 – 9 February.

2018: ‘A Hybrid Model of Juvenile Justice System in Palestine’, 2018 WORLD CONGRESS ON JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN, UNESCO House, Paris: 28 – 30 May.

2017: ‘Harmonizing Formal, Informal, and Customary Justice Systems’, the World Justice Forum V, the Hague, the Netherlands: 10 – 13 July 2017. (

2017: ‘Rebuilding Afghanistan’s Post-Taliban Justice System: Lessons Learned’ Paper presented at the Sustaining Peace through the Promotion of Effect and Accessible Justice, g7+ Technical Meeting Lisbon, Portugal: 24 – 25 July 2017.

2017: ‘Exploring Linkages between State Juvenile Justice System and Informal Community based Mechanisms of Dispute Resolution in Palestine’, Workshop, Terre de Hommes Foundation (Tdh), Ramallah, Palestine, 26 July 2017.

2016: ‘UN Basic Principles on Restorative Justice and Juvenile Justice in Afghanistan’ Paper presented at the ‘Capacity Building Workshop for Juvenile Justice Practitioners in Afghanistan’, Workshop organised by Ter De Hommes (TDH), Kabul, Afghanistan: 20 -21 September.

2016: Key Findings: Primary Justice in Afghanistan’, Expert Meeting: ‘Supporting Primary Justice in Insecure Contexts: South Sudan and Afghanistan’: VVI, Leiden University: Leiden, the Netherlands: 21 June.

2016: ‘Towards a Hybrid Model of Justice for Palestine?’ Paper presented at the ‘Justice for Children in Palestine’, Workshop organised by Ter De Hommes (TDH), Bethlehem, Palestine: 4 – 6 April.

2016: ‘Restorative Justice: Idea and Practice’, College of Law and Political Science, Hebron University, Hebron, Palestine: 3 April.

2015: ‘The Hybrid Model of Justice in Afghanistan and its Applicability in the Middle East’, Paper presented at the MENA Juvenile Justice Thematic Seminar organized by Terre des hommes, Amman, Jordan: 5 – 11 December 2015.

2015: ‘The Draft Law on Civil Conciliation and Key Recommendations of UNDP’s Research Report’, Workshop on a Legal Analysis of the Draft Law on Conciliation in Civil Disputes, UNDP and The Ministry of Justice of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan: 16 September.

2015: ‘Women, Children and the Draft Law on Civil Disputation Resolution in Afghanistan, Workshop organised by UN-Women and Afghan Women Network’s Technical Gender Working Group (TGWG), Kabul, Afghanistan: 9 August.

2015: ‘Crime and War in Afghanistan: The broader Context’, ‘Criminology and War’, Symposium organized by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, London: 20 January (

2015: ‘Revising Dispute Resolution Jirga and Shura Draft Law: Recommendations of UNDP’s Civil Disputation Resolution in Afghanistan Research Report’, Technical advisory support to the MOJ Legislative Committee, Kabul, Afghanistan: 25 April – 3 May.

2014: ‘Traditional Structures of Authority and Dispute Resolution in Afghanistan’, United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA), Kabul, Afghanistan: 26 June.

2014: ‘An Assessment to Define the Boundaries within which Traditional Dispute Resolution Mechanisms can be Utilized for Civil Matters’, Preliminary Findings of Field Research at Seminar organized by UNDP’s Rule of Law Unit/JHRA, Kabul, Afghanistan: 24 March.

2014: ‘Key Findings: Civil Disputation Resolution in Afghanistan
Research Report’, Workshop, The Ministry of Justice, Kabul, Afghanistan: 7 November (

2014: ‘Linking State and Non-State Justice Systems in Post- Taliban Afghanistan’, Conference Organized by UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, UNDP, Bangkok, Thailand: 9 – 10 June.

2014: ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Civil Cases: A Comparative Perspective’, Comparative Perspectives on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Conference Organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Herat, Afghanistan: 29 -30 January.

2013: ‘Building Justice Systems in Post-Conflict Societies’, Expert Seminar, Organised by United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), High Judicial Institute, Tripoli, Libya: 16 December.

2013: ‘The Interaction between State, Religious and Customary Laws in Afghanistan’ (Re-) Building Sustainable Institutions of Rule of Law in Conflict-affected Countries, The Hague Institute for Global Justice: 27 – 28 March 2013

2012: ‘Bridging Modernity and Tradition: Towards a Hybrid Model of Justice in Afghanistan’, The Criminal Justice System: Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific, Conference Organized by Hamdard Law School, Karachi, Pakistan: April 26 – 29, 2012.

2011: ‘A Hybrid Model of Justice for Afghanistan’, Comparative Perspectives on Peace Building and Models of Justice’,
Conference Organized by the United Nations Assistance Missions for Afghanistan (UNAMA), Faizabad, Badakhshan, Afghanistan: 27 July (

2010: ‘Reconciling Formal and Informal Justice Systems in Afghanistan’, Rule of Law Reform in Iraq and Afghanistan, Conference organized by the National Constitutional Centre and University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia USA 22-23 September.(

2010: ‘Findings of the Evaluation of Pilot Projects on the Links Between Formal and Informal Justice in Zone 5 (Jalalabad) and Ahmad Aba (Paktia), Afghanistan, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Office, Kabul, Afghanistan: 9 January 2010.

2009: ‘Gender, Customary Law and Informal Dispute Settlement in Afghanistan’, Frankfurt University, Frankfurt, Germany: 20 – 21 November.

2009: ‘Challenges of Rebuilding the Justice System in Post-Taliban Afghanistan’, British Society of Criminology Annual Conference 2009, Cardiff, UK: June 29 – 1st July 2009

2009 ‘State and Non-State Justice Systems in Afghanistan: The Need for Synergy’ a Paper Presented at `The Afghanisation Strategy´, Seminar Organized by Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain: 15 June 2009

2009 ‘Rule of Law in Afghanistan’ a Paper Presented at Afghanistan: Ensuring Success, Conference Organised by Bayat Foundation, Marriott Hotel, Dubai, UAE: 14-15 March.

2009: ‘Relationships between Constitution and Shari’a’ in Afghanistan’, a Paper Presented at Constitutionalism in Muslim Countries, Symposium Organised by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dubai, UAE: 11-15 February.

2008: ‘Corruption and Governance in Afghanistan’, paper presented at the Afghanistan Review Conference, Organised by Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University (LISD), Steigenberger Hotel Petersberg, Bonn, Germany: 4 -7 September. (

2008: ‘Informal Justice Institutions in Afghanistan’, Provincial Justice Coordination Mechanisms, An Orientation Organised by UNDP/UNAMA for International Rule of Law Officers, Kabul: 2 – 7 July.

2008: ‘Re-establishing Rule of Law in Afghanistan: Challenges and Prospects’, a Paper Presented at the Law, Governance and Legitimacy in Afghanistan Seminar, Organised by the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Norway: 26 June 2008 (

2008: ‘Rule of Law and Human Development in Afghanistan’ Paper presented at the Rule of Law and Development Training, Workshop Organised by CPHD, AIHRC and BHRC (UK), Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan: 11 – 15 May 2008.

November 2007: ‘Key Findings of Afghanistan Human Development Report 07’, Presentation at the Launch of AHDR 07, Organized by UNDP and Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan, 18 November 2007 (

2007: ‘A Hybrid Model of Formal and Informal Justice in Afghanistan’, Paper Presented at United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington DC, USA: 28 September 2007 (

2007: ‘Key Findings of Afghanistan Human Development Report 07’, Presentation at the Launch of AHDR 07, Organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York, USA: 26 September 2007 (

2006: ‘What Has Not Been Achieved in Building Post-War Justice System in Afghanistan’ British Institute for International and Comparative Law, London, UK: June 16.

2006: ‘Traditional Justice in Afghanistan’, Paper presented at the Rule of Law Workshop, organized by BHRC – UK: April (

2005: ‘Illicit Drug Production and Organised Crime in Afghanistan’, American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada: November.

2005: ‘Formal and Informal Social Control in Afghanistan: Implications for Licensing Opium for Essential Medicines’, Kabul International Symposium on Global Drug Policy, Kabul, Afghanistan: 26 September. (

2005: ‘Crime and Social Control in Saudi Arabia’, British Society of Criminology’ (Wales & West Branch’s guest seminar series), Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK: May.

2004: ‘Traditional Structures of Authority and Informal Social Control in Afghanistan’, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany: September.

2004 ‘Restorative Justice and Jirga in Afghanistan’, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia: 13 August (

2004: ‘Comparative and Transnational Criminology in a Global Context’, British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Portsmouth, England, UK: July.

2004: ‘Black and Asian Offenders on Probation: Findings from a National Survey’, British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Portsmouth, England, UK: July

2004: ‘Criminological Knowledge and its Applications’, Faculty of Law, Kabul University, and Kabul, Afghanistan: April.

2003: ‘Customary Law and Human Rights in Afghanistan’, Department of Criminology, Keele University, England, UK: December.

2003: ‘Traditional Conflict Resolution in Afghanistan’, the Law and Society Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, USA: June.

2003: ‘Building a Justice System in Post-War Afghanistan’, State Reconstruction and International Engagement in Afghanistan, ZEF, Bonn, Germany: 30 May – 1 June (

2003: ‘The US-Led war Against Terrorism, Human Rights, and Post-Taliban Political Order in Afghanistan, Paper Presented at ‘Counter-Terrorism & Civil Liberties’ Conference, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, USA: 19 March (

2002: ‘Religion, Tradition and the Establishment of a Modern Justice System in Afghanistan’, the Role of Law in Modern Afghanistan, the International Development Law Organisation, (IDLO), Rome, Italy: 16 -17 December (

2002: ‘Contemporary Criminology’, Faculty of Law, Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan: 15 September.

2002: ’Comparative Criminology: Problems and Prospects’, British Criminology Conference, the University of Keele, UK: July.

2002: ‘Structures of Authority and Establishing the Rule of Law in post-war Afghanistan’ ESTABLISHING RULE OF LAW AND GOVERNANCE IN POST CONFLICT SOCIETIES, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey: 11 14 July (

2002: ‘Post-Taliban Government in Afghanistan: The Need to Demilitarise Afghan Politics’, War in Afghanistan: One Day Conference, University of Swansea, Wales, UK: 13 Mach.

2002: ‘Jirga and Conflict Resolution in Afghanistan’, Peace Theatre, War Theatre: Dealing with Conflict in the 21st Century, The Barbican, London, England, UK: 23 January.

2001: ‘Regional Rivalries and the Prospect for Peace in Afghanistan’ Guest Seminar, University of Durham, Durham, England, UK: 7 December.

2001: ‘The US-led Military Campaign and the Future of Afghanistan’, Issues and Prospects for the Future, seminar organized by HASS, University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK: 23 November.

2001: `The Implications of 9/11 for Afghanistan’, War on Terrorism, SOAS, University of London, London, England, UK: 14 October.

2001: ‘The Relationships between Formal and Informal Social Control’, Guest Lecture, University of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK: 18 March.


a. Vice President, South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology, Tamil Nado, India (

b. Member of Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Crime Hub, White Hall, London, UK (

c. Member of Scientific Committee, Ter De Hommes (TDH), Luanne, Switzerland (

d. Member of Peacebuilding Compared, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (

e. International Advisory Board, International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, Tamil Nadu, India (

f. Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD), King’s College, London University, London, UK (

g. British Society of Criminology, UK (

h. Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice (WCCSJ), Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK (

i. Member of Board of Directors, Transparency Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan.

j. Member of Scientific Editorial Board of Yearbook of Afghan Legal Studies (

k. Member of Ethnic Minority Research Network in Criminology, University of Birmingham, UK (


Other than his active membership of various international organizations/forums, Dr Wardak has regularly contributed to various current affairs/news programmes of the BBC (Television) Wales, ITV, BBC Wales Good Morning Programme, 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 (Persian and Pashto) TV. Recent interviews are accessible at:

BBC (Pashto) 16 January 2015:

Vice of America (Pashto) 9 November 2015:

Dr Wardak is proficient in speaking, reading and writing in English, Arabic, Pashto, Dari/Persian.



The British Academy: Sept. 2017 – March 2020 To conduct field research (with Prof K. Williams and P. Kamruzzaman) on ‘Exploring the experience of violence and loss of dignity among Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Internally Displaced People in Afghanistan’. The total award is £300,000.

Leiden University (The Netherlands): Oct. 2014 – Apr 2016, To lead and supervise an Afghan research team for ‘Supporting Primary justice in Insecure Contexts: South Sudan and Afghanistan’ research project. (Part-time secondment). The award was £21,936.

UK Home Office: Sept. 2001 – Oct. 2003: To conduct a large-scale national study of 500 probationers tilted ‘Black and Asian Offenders: Criminogenic Needs and Experiences of Probation’ in England and Wales. The total award was £315,619 and I was the grant holder. The research project involved a consortium involving universities of Glamorgan, Swansea, Lancaster and Lincoln. The research project was successfully completed in October 2003.

DRAS (Departmental Research Awards Scheme), Dec. 2013 – Mar. 2014: To support conducting ethnographic data on State and Non- State Justice Institutions in Nangarhar Providence, Afghanistan. This data research was conducted in order to complement the data I collected on the subject previously. The award was £9,540.

Leiden University (The Netherlands), Oct. 2014 – Apr 2015: To supervise and train an Afghan research team for ‘Supporting Primary justice in Insecure Contexts: South Sudan and Afghanistan’ research project. (Part-time secondment). The ward was £21,936.

RI-RFP (Research Institute – Research Funding Programme) Oct. 2016: To support analysis of existing data and to write a journal paper.The ward is £5,564


Restorative Justice and Informal Dispute Resolution in the Middle East

Hybrid Models of Justice in Afghanistan and Palestine and and their Applications

Experiences of Violence and Loss of Dignity among the Rohingyas in Bangladesh and IDPs in Afghanistan

Women, Social Exclusion and Access to Justice in Afghanistan

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