Mara Revkin

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Mara Redlich Revkin is a Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center specializing in empirical research on legal systems during and after conflict. Her regional focus is on the Middle East and particularly Iraq, where she has conducted fieldwork for research projects on the recruitment of children by armed groups, the Islamic State’s system of taxation and other governance activities, and Iraqi public opinion toward punishment and reintegration of individuals accused of association with the Islamic State. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University.

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Law and Lawfare in the Islamic State

Last month, the Islamic State’s official media outlet, al-Furqān, released its first video in over a year, entitled, “The Structure of the Khilafah.” Al-Furqān is known for producing the group’s most horrific propaganda, including infamous footage showing the torture and execution of journalists, aid workers, and POWs, so it is noteworthy that the latest video features relatively little violence.