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, international criminal law, and national security law. Her career prior to teaching includes having confronted drug lords as a young judge in Medellín, Colombia, working as an undercover private investigator in Los Angeles, serving as a law clerk to the Supreme Court of Virginia, and pursuing software pirates as a member of Microsoft Corporation’s Latin America Copyright Enforcement Practice. 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).
Professor Nagle is an El Centro Fellow of the Small Wars Foundation and an External Researcher in the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. She has participated in rule of law, judicial reform, and hemispheric security projects sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Defense, Justice, State, and USAID throughout Latin America. Her assignments have included training Argentine judges and Colombian criminal law professors in accusatory criminal justice reform, addressing the deployment of land mines by illegal armed groups in Andean states with the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office, and working with the Staff Judge Advocate’s Office of the U.S. Southern Command in training Colombian military commanders and staff judge advocates at the brigade and division levels in the application of international humanitarian law and coordinating humanitarian operations in conflict zones. She has engaged government officials, military commanders, journalists, and human rights advocates from more than seventy countries as a legal expert with the State Department’s Distinguished Foreign Visitor’s Program, and she has been a State Department-sponsored presenter in Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, and in Mexico, where she was a visiting lecturer on international humanitarian law and national security in the Diplomate Program in Security and Northern Border Development at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León Faculty of Law and Criminology in Monterrey.
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 Human Rights Institute Council, following significant leadership appointments to the IBA’s Legal Practice Division Council and the Criminal Law Section, and she has served on several IBA task forces involving terrorism, corruption, criminal justice reform, and combating human trafficking. 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.
Professor Nagle’s scholarship, which has appeared in three languages on four continents, addresses many topics of international law, international criminal law, judicial reform, and regional security. She is also a highly regarded international voice in the fight against human trafficking and modern day slavery.
Professor Nagle holds an LL.D. from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, a J.D. from the College of William & Mary, an LL.M. in international law and an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of California at Los Angeles, and two certifications in national security law from the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.