• Full-Time Faculty
  • Jenia Iontcheva Turner

  • Professor of Law

  • fulltime Faculty
  • Jenia Iontcheva Turner

  • Professor of Law

Jenia Iontcheva Turner

Professor of Law

  • Biography

    • 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 an article a comparing discovery in U.S. criminal cases and access to the investigative file in German criminal cases and a project on pre-plea discovery practices in the United States.
  • Areas of Expertise

    • Criminal Procedure
      Comparative Criminal Procedure
      International Criminal Law
      International Organizations
      European Union Law
  • Education

    • B.A. (International Relations, with honors), Goucher College
      Caplan Scholar, Cambridge University
      J.D., Yale Law School
  • Courses

    • Constitutional Criminal Procedure
      Comparative Law II:  Criminal Procedure
      International Crimes
      International Law
      International Organizations
      European Union Law
      Law and Statistics Fellows Seminar
       
  • Books

    • PLEA BARGAINING ACROSS BORDERS (Aspen 2009) (with Teacher's Manual)
  • Book Chapters

    • Representing Clients in a Managerial System of Justice: Experiences of ICC Defense Attorneys, in Oxford Handbook on International Criminal Law (Kevin Jon Heller et al. eds.) (forthcoming 2017)

      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 2016)

      Accountability of International Prosecutors, in Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court (Carsten Stahn ed., Oxford UP, 2015)
       
      Plea Bargaining, in International Criminal Procedure (Fausto Pocar & Linda Carter eds.) (Edward Elgar Pub. 2013)
      • Adapted and updated version forthcoming in McGeorge L. Rev. (2016)
      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) 
  • Other Publications

    • Foreword, The 2014 SMU Criminal Justice Colloquium, 67 SMU Law Review 489 (2014) (with Meghan Ryan)

      Article 65: Proceedings on an Admission of Guilt, in KLAMBERG COMMENTARY ON THE ROME STATUTE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

      Rule 139: Decision on Admission of Guilt, in KLAMBERG COMMENTARY ON THE RULES OF PROCEDURE AND EVIDENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

      Book Review, 121 Political Science Quarterly 526 (2006) (reviewing ROBERT CRYER, PROSECUTING INTERNATIONAL CRIMES (2005))

      Case Note, Sovereignty on Our Terms, 110 Yale Law Journal 885 (2001), cited in In re Vitamins Litigation, No. 99-1977FH, 2001 WL 1049433 (D.D.C. June 20, 2001)

      Book Review, 26 Yale Journal of International Law 529 (2001) (reviewing William Schabas, Genocide in International Law (2000))

      Book Review, 26 Yale Journal of International Law 265 (2001) (reviewing Paul J. Magnarella, Justice in Africa (2000))

      Update of Current Legal Proceedings at the ICTY, 13 Leiden Journal of International Law 597 (2000)
       
  • Presentations

    • Regulating Interrogations and Excluding Confessions in the United States: Balancing Individual Rights and the Search for Truth
      Securing a Fair Trial through Exclusionary Rules—A Comparative Approach to Evidence and Fact-Finding, National Taiwan University
      Taipei, Taiwan (Mar. 17, 2016)

      Global Perspectives on Plea Bargaining
      Global Center Symposium, Justice for Crimes Across Borders, McGeorge Law School
      Sacramento, CA (Mar. 4, 2016)

      Two Models of Pre-Plea Discovery in Criminal Cases: An Empirical Comparison
      Faculty Colloquium, Emory Law School 
      Atlanta, GA (Sept. 9, 2015)  
      (based on paper co-authored with Allison Redlich)

      Pre-Plea Discovery in Criminal Cases: A Tale of Two States 
      CrimProf Conference, Cardozo Law School
      New York, NY (July 20, 2015)
      (based on paper co-authored with Allison Redlich)

      The International Criminal Court: Its Present Difficulties and Uncertain Future
      Dallas Bar Association, International Law Section
      Dallas, TX (June 16, 2015)

      The Narrowing of Prosecutorial Discretion During Pretrial at the ICC 
      Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
      Seattle, WA (May 31, 2015)

      Pre-Plea Disclosure in Germany and the United States: Open-File and Beyond
      Willamette Law School Faculty Workshop 
      Salem, OR (April 27, 2016)

      Pre-Plea Disclosure in Germany and the United States
      William & Mary Law Review Symposium
      Williamsburg, VA (February 21, 2015)
       
      Pre-Plea Discovery in Criminal Cases:
      A Tale of Two States

      AALS Annual Meeting
      Washington, D.C. (January 4, 2015)
      (based on paper co-authored with Allison Redlich)

      A Civil Procedure Model of Disclosure at the International Criminal Court?
      International Law Weekend, ABILA
      Fordham Law School
      New York, NY (October 25, 2014)

      Interstate Conflict and Cooperation in Criminal Cases: An American Perspective
      SEALS Annual Conference
      Amelia Island, FL (August 4, 2014)

      A Civil Procedure Model of Disclosure at the International Criminal Court?
      Sixth Annual Crim Prof Conference
      Rutgers School of Law-Newark
      Newark, NJ (July 21, 2014)

      Limits on the Search for Truth in Criminal Procedure
      University of Cologne
      Cologne, Germany (June 17, 2014)

      International Criminal Law Workshop
      Participant
      University of British Columbia
      Vancouver, BC (May 2, 2014)
      (via videoconference)

      Testing the Boundaries of the Adversarial Contest
      Moderator
      SMU Criminal Justice Colloquium
      Dallas, TX (January 24, 2014)

      Limits on the Search for Truth in Criminal Procedure: A Comparative View
      SMU Criminal Justice Colloquium
      Dallas, TX (January 23, 2014)

      Legal Ethics in International Practice, Nuts and Bolts of International Law Seminar
      International Law Section, State Bar of Texas
      Dallas, TX (October 18, 2013)

      Limits on the Search for Truth in Criminal Procedure
      University of Cologne
      Cologne, Germany (June 17, 2014)

      The Search for Truth in Criminal Procedure: A Comparative View
      Faculty Forum
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (August 28, 2013)

      Effective Remedies for Ineffective Assistance
      Southwest Criminal Law Workshop
      UC Davis Law School
      David, CA (September 7, 2013)

      Comments on Oren Gazal-Ayal & Avishalom Tor, The Innocence Effect
      AALS Mid-Year Conference on Criminal Justice
      San Diego, CA (June 12, 2013)

      Effective Remedies for Ineffective Assistance

           AALS Mid-Year Conference on Criminal Justice
                San Diego, CA (June 11, 2013)
           LSA Annual Meeting
                Boston, MA (May 31, 2013)
           SMU Dedman School of Law, Faculty Forum
                Dallas, TX (April 3, 2013)

      Federalism and Criminal Procedure in the United States
      Presentation
      European Criminal Policy Initiative
      University of Munich
      Munich, Germany (January 25, 2013)

      Policing International Prosecutors
      American Society of International Law
      Research Forum, Mid-Year Meeting
      Athens, GA (October 20, 2012)

      Policing International Prosecutors
      The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court: Achievements, Impact and Challenges
      Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
      The Hague, The Netherlands (September 27, 2012)

      Comments on Impunity: What Kind of War for Colombia?
      World Affairs Council
      Human Rights Festival
      Dallas, TX (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
      Pittsburg, PA (April 21, 2012)
       
      Plea Bargaining: Comparative Perspectives
      Presentation
      Delegation from Kosovo
      Rule of Law and the Role of Plea Bargaining Delegation
      Dallas, TX (February 17, 2012)
       
      Comparative Criminal Procedure
      Presentation
      Delegation from Saudi Arabia
      Rule of Law Forum
      Dallas, TX (January 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
      Chicago, IL (December 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, The Netherlands (October 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 (August 11, 2011)
       
      The Expressive Dimension of EU Criminal Law

           Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
                (June 4, 2011)
           Temple Law School, International Law Colloquium
                (April 19, 2011)
           AALS Annual Meeting
                Comparative Law Section (January 8, 2011)

      Prosecutors and Bargaining in Weak Cases: A Comparative View
      Washington & Lee Law School
      Roundtable on Prosecutorial Discretion
      Lexington, VA (April 2, 2010)

      Negotiated Justice at International Criminal Tribunals
      International Expert Framework on International Criminal Procedure
      The Hague Institute for Internationalization of the Law
      The Hague, The Netherlands (June 27, 2009, and
      January 23, 2009)

      Ethics for International Criminal Defense
      Law and Society Annual Meeting
      Denver, CO (May 29, 2009)

      Ethical Dilemmas for International Criminal Defense Attorneys
      International Law Colloquium
      Northwestern Law School
      Chicago, IL (April 6, 2009)

      Addressing Corruption on a Global Basis
      Moderator
      Annual Institute, State Bar of Texas International Law Section
      Houston, TX (March 5, 2009)

      Ethical Dilemmas for International Criminal Defense Attorneys
      Junior International Law Scholars Conference
      Temple Law School
      Philadelphia, PA (February 13, 2009)

      Transnational Networks and International Cooperation: Contributions and Challenges
      Moderator
      The Rise of Transnational Networks Conference
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (November 7, 2008)

      Workshop on Sociolegal Methods in International Law
      Participant
      University of Pittsburgh Law School
      Pittsburgh, PA (September 4-5, 2008)

      Plea Bargaining Across Borders: Introducing a Global Dimension to Criminal Procedure Classes
      Faculty Forum
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (August 27, 2008)

      Challenging the National/International Distinction
      Discussant
      Law and Society Annual Meeting
      Montreal, Canada (May 31, 2008)

      Two Models of Plea Bargaining: The United States and Germany
      Presentation
      Delegation from Indonesia, Rule of Law Forum
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (May 25, 2008)

      Defense Counsel Views on the Law and Politics in International Criminal Trials

           Roundtable in Public International Law & Theory
                Washington University Law School
                St. Louis, MO (January 17-19, 2008)
           New Voices in Human Rights
                AALS Annual Meeting
                New York City (January 4, 2008)
           Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice
                Berkeley,CA (November 9, 2007)
           Faculty Forum SMU Dedman School of Law
               Dallas, TX  (October 4, 2007)
           Texas Junior Legal Scholars Conference
                Texas Wesleyan Law School
                Fort Worth, TX (August 11, 2007)
           Law & Society Annual Meeting
                Humboldt University
                Berlin, Germany (July 25, 2007)
                (sponsored by SMU University Research
                Council grant)
           Junior International Law Scholars Roundtable
                Yale Law School
                New Haven, CT (March 9, 2007)
           Faculty Workshop
                U.C. Davis Law School
                Davis, CA (March 7, 2007)
           Faculty Workshop
                Vanderbilt University Law School
                Nashville, TN (September 7, 2006)

      Plea and Confession Bargaining in Bulgaria
      XIIth Annual Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law
      Utrecht, The Netherlands (July 22, 2006)

      Transnational Networks and International Criminal Justice
      Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association
      Baltimore, MD (July 9, 2006)

      Rule of Law and Human Rights—Keys to Equitable Development
      2006 SMU International Law Review Association Colloquium
      Law, Culture, and Economic Development
      Dallas, TX (March 7, 2006)

      The Role of Transnational Networks in International Criminal Law
      International Legal Theory Roundtable
      Vanderbilt University Law School
      Nashville, TX (September 16-17, 2005)

      Can We Manage Plea Bargaining Better? Insights from Germany
      Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association
      Las Vegas, NV (June 4, 2005)

      True Complementarity:  Mixed Panels and Joint Prosecutions at the ICC
      New Voices Forum
      ASIL Annual Meeting
      Washington, D.C. (April 1, 2005)

      Separation of Powers Panel
      Discussant
      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 (August 8-12, 2004)