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Jenia  Turner

Professor of Law, SMU

(214) 768-4036

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Summary

Jenia Iontcheva Turner is a Professor at SMU Dedman School of Law, where she teaches criminal procedure, comparative criminal procedure, international criminal law, European Union law, and international organizations. Before joining SMU, Professor Turner served as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, where she taught legal research and writing and comparative criminal procedure. Professor Turner attended law school at Yale, where she was a Coker Fellow and articles editor for the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of International Law. After her first year of law school, she was a summer clerk at the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the following summer, she worked at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Houston and the New York and Paris offices of Debevoise & Plimpton.

Professor Turner’s scholarship interests include comparative and international criminal law and procedure. Her articles have appeared in the Virginia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Virginia Journal of International Law, the Chicago Journal of International Law, and the Stanford Journal of International Law. In 2009, Professor Turner completed a textbook, Plea Bargaining Across Borders, exploring plea bargaining in several national and international jurisdictions. She is currently working on a book chapter comparing different criminal justice systems' approaches to the search for truth. She is also writing an article with Professor Thomas Weigend, University of Cologne Faculty of Law, on the recent decision by the German Constitutional Court affirming the constitutionality of the German plea bargaining statute.


Education and Honors

  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2002
  • Caplan Scholar, Cambridge University, 1997-98
  • B.A., International Relations, Goucher College, 1999

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

Books:

  • Plea Bargaining Across Borders (Aspen 2009) (with Teacher’s Manual)

Book Chapters:

  • Limits on the Search for Truth in Criminal Procedure: A Comparative View, in Research Handbook on Comparative Criminal Procedure (Jacqueline Ross & Stephen Thaman eds., Edward Elgar Pub., forthcoming 2014)
  • Accountability of International Prosecutors, in Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court (Carsten Stahn ed., Oxford UP, forthcoming 2014)
  • Plea Bargaining, in International Criminal Procedure (Fausto Pocar & Linda Carter eds.) (Edward Elgar Pub. 2013)
  • Negotiated Justice, in International Criminal Procedure: Principles and Rules (Göran Sluiter et al. eds., Oxford UP 2013) (with Thomas Weigend)
  • Prosecutors and Bargaining in Weak Cases: A Comparative View, in The Prosecutor in Transnational Perspective (Erik Luna & Marianne Wade eds., Oxford UP 2012)
  • Justice, Rule of Law, and Economic Reconstruction in Post-Conflict States, in Liber Amicorum for Hon. Roberto MacLean (Joseph Norton & C. Paul Rogers eds.) (2008)
  • Transnational Networks and International Public Order, in Progress in International Organizations (Russell Miller & Rebecca Bratspies eds.) (2008)

Articles and Other:

  • The Constitutionality of Negotiated Criminal Judgments in Germany, German L.J. (forthcoming 2014) (with Thomas Weigend) (peer review)
  • Effective Remedies for Ineffective Assistance, 48 Wake Forest L. Rev.(forthcoming 2013)
  • Policing International Prosecutors, 45 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 175 (2013) (featured in Opinio Juris symposium, at http://opiniojuris.org/2013/04/04/nyu-jilp-symposium-policing-international-prosecutors-introduction/)
  • The Expressive Dimension of EU Criminal Law, 60 Am. J. Comp. L. 555 (2012) (peer review) (republished as a NYU Jean Monnet Working Paper No. 14/12)
  • Legal Ethics in International Criminal Defense, 10 Chi. J. Int’l. L. 685 (2010)
  • Ethical Dilemmas for Defense Attorneys in War-Crimes Trials, SMU Maguire Center Occasional Paper (2010)
  • Civil Party Participation in Provisional Detention Appeals, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, 103 Am. J. Int’l L. 116 (2009) (peer review)
  • Defense Perspectives on Law and Politics in International Criminal Trials, 48 Va. J. Int’l. L. 530 (2008)
  • Transnational Networks and International Criminal Justice, 105 Mich. L. Rev. 985 (2007)
  • Judicial Participation in Plea Negotiations: A Comparative View, 54 Am. J. Comp. L. 99 (2006) (peer review)
  • Book Review, 121 Pol. Sci. Q. 526 (2006) (reviewing Robert Cryer, Prosecuting International Crimes (2005)) (peer review)
  • Nationalizing International Criminal Law, 41 Stan. J. Int'l L. 1 (2005)

Presentations:

  • Limits on the Search for Truth in Criminal Procedure: A Comparative View
    • SMU Criminal Justice Colloquium, Jan. 23, 2014
    • SMU Dedman School of Law, Faculty Forum, Aug. 28, 2013
  • Legal Ethics in International Practice, Nuts and Bolts of International Law Seminar, International Law Section, State Bar of Texas, Dallas, TX, Oct. 18, 2013
  • Federalism and Criminal Procedure in the United States, Presentation to European Criminal Policy Initiative, University of Munich, Jan. 25, 2013
  • Policing International Prosecutors
    • American Society of International Law Mid-Year Meeting, Athens, Georgia, Oct. 20, 2012
    • The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court: Achievements, Impact and Challenges, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands, Sept. 27, 2012
  • Comments on Impunity: What Kind of War for Colombia?, World Affairs Council, Human Rights Festival, Dallas, June 2, 2012
  • Comments on Stuart Ford, How Special Is the Special Court’s Outreach Section, Conference on Assessing the Contributions and Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone to Africa and International Criminal Justice, University of Pittsburgh Law School, Apr. 21, 2012
  • Plea Bargaining: Comparative Perspectives, Presentation to Delegation from Kosovo, Rule of Law and the Role of Plea Bargaining Delegation, Dallas, TX, Feb. 17, 2012
  • Comparative Criminal Procedure, Presentation to Delegation from Saudi Arabia, Rule of Law Forum, Dallas, TX, Jan. 22, 2012
  • Remedies and Sanctions for Prosecutorial Misconduct at the International Criminal Court, American Society of International Law, International Criminal Law Interest Group Meeting, John Marshall Law School, Dec. 9, 2011
  • Negotiated Justice at International Criminal Courts: Final Report, International Expert Framework on International Criminal Procedure, The Hague Institute for Internationalization of the Law, The Hague, Netherlands, Oct. 28, 2011
  • Remedies and Sanctions for Prosecutorial Misconduct at the International Criminal Court, 24th International Conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, Ottawa, Canada, Aug. 11, 2011
  • Negotiated Justice at International Criminal Courts, International Expert Framework on International Criminal Procedure, The Hague Institute for Internationalization of the Law, The Hague, Netherlands, July 2, 2010
  • Ethical Dilemmas for Defense Attorneys in War-Crimes Trials, Public Scholar Presentation, SMU Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, Nov. 5, 2009
  • Negotiated Justice at International Criminal Courts, International Expert Framework on International Criminal Procedure, The Hague Institute for Internationalization of the Law, The Hague, Netherlands, June 27, 2009
  • Ethics for International Criminal Defense, LSA Annual Meeting, May 29, 2009
  • Ethical Dilemmas for International Criminal Defense Attorneys, International Law Colloquium, Northwestern Law School, Apr. 6, 2009
  • Moderator, Addressing Corruption on a Global Basis, Annual Institute, State Bar of Texas International Law Section, Houston, TX, Mar. 5, 2009
  • Ethical Dilemmas for International Criminal Defense Attorneys, Junior International Law Scholars Conference, Temple Law School, Feb. 13, 2009
  • Negotiated Justice at International Criminal Courts, International Expert Framework on International Criminal Procedure, The Hague Institute for Internationalization of the Law, The Hague, Netherlands, Jan. 23, 2009
  • Moderator, Transnational Networks and International Cooperation: Contributions and Challenges, The Rise of Transnational Networks, SMU Dedman School of Law, Nov. 7, 2008
  • Participant, Workshop on Sociolegal Methods in International Law, University of Pittsburgh Law School, Sept. 4-5, 2008
  • Plea Bargaining Across Borders: Introducing a Global Dimension to Criminal Procedure Classes, SMU Law Faculty Forum, Aug. 27, 2008
  • Discussant, Challenging the National/International Distinction, LSA Annual Meeting, May 31, 2008
  • Two Models of Plea Bargaining: The United States and Germany, Presentation to Indonesian Delegation, Rule of Law Forum, SMU Dedman School of Law, May 25, 2008
  • Defense Perspectives on Law and Politics in International Criminal Trials
    • Roundtable in Public International Law & Theory, Washington University Law School, Jan. 17-19, 2008
    • New Voices in Human Rights, AALS Annual Meeting, Jan. 4, 2008
    • Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice, Nov. 9, 2007
    • SMU Dedman School of Law Faculty Forum, Oct. 4, 2007
    • Texas Junior Legal Scholars Conference, Texas Wesleyan Law School, Aug. 11, 2007
    • LSA Annual Meeting, Humboldt University, Berlin, July 25, 2007
    • Junior International Law Scholars Roundtable, Yale Law School, Mar. 9, 2007
    • Faculty Workshop, U.C. Davis Law School, Mar. 7, 2007
    • Faculty Workshop, Vanderbilt University Law School, Sept. 7, 2006
  • War Crimes, Dallas World Affairs Council, April 2007
  • Transnational Networks and International Criminal Justice, LSA Annual Meeting, July 9, 2006
  • Plea and Confession Bargaining in Bulgaria, XIIth Annual Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 22, 2006
  • Status and Treatment of Detainees at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, Issues Day, Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, March 28, 2006
  • Rule of Law and Human Rights—Keys to Equitable Development, 2006 SMU International Law Review Association Colloquium, Mar. 7, 2006
  • The Role of Transnational Networks in International Criminal Law, International Legal Theory Workshop, Vanderbilt University Law School, Sept. 16-17, 2005
  • Can We Manage Plea Bargaining Better? Insights from Germany, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, June 4, 2005
  • True Complementarity:  Mixed Panels and Joint Prosecutions at the ICC, New Voices Forum, ASIL Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Apr. 1, 2005
  • Discussant, Separation of Powers Panel, Supreme Court Summit, Oxford, U.K., July 15-19, 2004
  • Nationalizing International Criminal Law, 18th International Conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, Montreal, Canada, Aug. 8-12, 2004
  • The Expressive Dimension of EU Criminal Law
    • Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, June 4, 2011
    • Temple Law School, International Law Colloquium, Apr. 19, 2011
    • AALS Annual Meeting, Comparative Law Section, Jan. 8, 2011
  • Prosecutors and Bargaining in Weak Cases: A Comparative View, Washington & Lee Law School, Roundtable on Prosecutorial Discretion, Apr. 2, 2010