Dr. Stephan Parmentier is a Professor at the Faculty of Law of the K.U. Leuven, where he teaches Sociology of Crime, Law and Human Rights. He has also served as the Head of the K.U. Leuven Department of Criminal Law and Criminology. Of note, in July 2010 Stephan was appointed Secretary General of the International Society of Criminology.
Stephan has published extensively in the areas of human rights, sociology of law, and criminology in Dutch, English and French, and has made significant contributions to these fields through his research. Of particular relevance to ICTJ’s work, Stephan’s research at K.U. Leuven deals primarily with truth commissions and reparations for victims, and empirical studies have been conducted in South Africa, Bosnia/Serbia, and Colombia.
Stephan has studied Law, Political Science and Sociology at the K.U. Leuven (Belgium), and Sociology and Conflict Resolution at the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (U.S.A.). In addition to his current professorship, Stephan has been a visiting professor at the International Institute for Sociology of Law (Oñati, Spain), the University for Peace (San José, Costa Rica), and the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), and a visiting scholar at the universities of Stellenbosch (South Africa), Oxford (United Kingdom), and New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). He was the editor-in-chief of the Flemish Yearbook on Human Rights since 1998 and currently serves as the co-general editor of the international book Series on Transitional Justice (Intersentia Publishers, Antwerp). His research interests include political crimes, transitional justice and human rights, and the administration of criminal justice.