Luz Estella Nagle
Professor of Law
LL.D., Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
M.A., University of California at Los Angeles
LL.M., University of California at Los Angeles
J.D., College of William and Mary
International Law, International Criminal Law, Transborder Criminal Law, Advanced Seminar on Terrorism and Global Security, National Security
Professor Luz E. Nagle specializes in international law and international criminal law. Her unique career prior to teaching includes confronting drug lords as a judge in Medellín, Colombia, working as an undercover private investigator in Southern California, clerking for the Supreme Court of Virginia, and pursuing software pirates in Latin America for Microsoft Corporation.
She received her LL.D. from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, a J.D. from the College of William & Mary, and an LL.M. (international law) and M.A. (Latin American studies) from UCLA. She also holds certifications in national security law from the University of Virginia's School of Law's Center for National Security Law. She has been a visiting professor and lecturer at the University of Tampa, the Universidad de Granada (Spain), the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), EAFIT (Colombia), the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia), and serves as an External Researcher in the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.
Professor Nagle has participated in several rule of law, judicial reform, and hemispheric security projects sponsored by USAID and the U.S. Departments of Defense, Justice, and State throughout Latin America. More recently, she has worked with the U.S. State Department as a presenter on various topics of international law and the rule of law to government, non-government, and military officials from more than three dozen nations under the State Department's Distinguished Foreign Visitor's Program, and as a State Department-sponsored lecturer on human rights, corruption, transborder crime, and regional security in the Americas.
An active participant in bar associations and learned legal societies, Professor Nagle has held several appointments in the American Bar Association, including having served on the ABA's Criminal Justice Council, on the ABA's Task Force on the Vienna Convention on Consular Affairs, and on the ABA's Corruption and the Rule of Law Working Group.
Professor Nagle currently sits on the International Bar Association's Legal Practice Division Council, following significant leadership appointments in the IBA's Criminal Law Section and has served on several IBA task forces involving terrorism, corruption, and criminal justice reform. She is also active in the American Association of Law Schools and recently served on the AALS Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers Committee.
She is also an elected member of the American Law Institute, the Committee on Teaching International Law of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA), L'Association Internationale de Droit Pénal (AIDP), the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL), the Academia Mexicana de Derecho Internacional Privado y Comparado, and the Tampa Chapter of the Committee on Foreign Relations.