A Constructivist Critique of the Prosecution of ISIS War Criminals

Erin Drummy Taylor University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Kevin Johnson Taylor University
I became curious as to how other countries have traditionally handled the prosecution of ISIS members for war crimes, specifically in Europe, through my internship at the DOJ. I found this material to be incredibly interesting because of 1) the few numbers of cases that have actually made their way to the ICJ and 2) the variety of reasons these members have been tried for war crimes. In contrast, Iraq has chosen to handle these violations very differently because it’s justice system is not robust against religious or political influences. Hence, these trials look much different compared with the ones that are decided in places such as Germany or Britain. I am profoundly interested in doing a constructivist critique regarding these cases because the way they creating judicial norms for how future cases should be approached. I hope to investigate the constructivist attributes both sets of cases have. Additionally, I am going to propose a few policy recommendations about how the U.S. should handle these types of cases if one were to surface. I anticipate I will observe very different normative trends coming out of both Germany and Iraq because their justice systems are so radically different. My research questions will include:
• To what extent are these countries building a set of norms to handle these types of cases?
• What normative trends are being put in place through the actions of Germany and Iraq?
• What should the U.S. do if an ISIS individual enters into the criminal justice system?


Political Science
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:30 AM
Jordan Hall 170