Steering Committee


Mr. Thomas Parker

Policy Director, Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and Human Rights, Amnesty International USA


Tom Parker is the Policy Director for Terrorism, Counterterrorism and Human Rights at Amnesty International USA. From 2006-2008 Tom was Executive Director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center in New Haven, Connecticut. He has also worked in the past five years as a consultant on post-conflict projects in Darfur, Iraq, South Ossetia and Sri Lanka.

In 2003-2004 Tom served as the United Kingdom’s Special Adviser on Transitional Justice to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad, Iraq and as Head of the CPA’s Crimes against Humanity Investigation Unit.  He spent four years as war crimes investigator with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) working in the field in Bosnia and Kosovo, and six years as an officer in the British Security Service (MI5).

Tom has taught undergraduate courses on trends in international terrorism and counter-terrorism at Yale University and Bard College. He has also been a member of the adjunct faculty of the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies (DIILS) since 2004 serving as an instructor on counterterrorism training programs in countries as diverse as Latvia, Rwanda, Nepal, Albania, Mexico, Peru, Thailand and the Lebanon. He is a graduate of the LSE, Universiteit Leiden and Brown.