Isis brides played an integral role in the Isis regime. As such, some domestic courts have begun prosecuting girls, like Linda Wenzel, who travelled to Syria to join Isis. These prosecutions raise the questions: Did girls like Linda travel to Syria of their own volition? Are the girls perpetrators or victims of violence? And who should bear responsibility for their harmful presence in Syria? I will address these questions of criminal responsibility through a legal framework that should guide domestic and international courts when responding to the issue of Isis brides: the international criminal law framework on child soldier recruitment.
Prosecute or Protect? International Criminal Responsibility and the Recruitment of Isis Brides
22 Mar 2022