Luz Estella Nagle

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, International Business Transactions, Human Trafficking, Advanced Seminar on Terrorism and Global Security

Prof. Nagle CV 2019

Professor Luz E. Nagle specializes in international law, international criminal law, transborder criminal law, and national security law. Her career prior to teaching includes having confronted drug lords and political corruption as a young judge in Medellín, Colombia, practicing commercial and employment law with a large Colombian agribusiness, 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 lectured and presented at the College of William & Mary School of Law, the University of Florida Levin College of Law, the University of South Carolina Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, the University of Tampa Sykes College of Business, Eckerd College, the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), ISISC—Instituto Superiore Internazionale di Scienze Criminali (Sicily), the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), EAFIT (Colombia), the Universidad del Magdalena (Colombia), the Universidad del Norte (Colombia), the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia), the Universidade São Judas Tadeu Faculdade de Direito (Brazil), the Universidad de Granada (Spain), and the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain). She was recently named a Fulbright Senior Scholar to teach international law at the Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands, for the Fall 2019 semester.

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, anti-corruption/transborder crime, and hemispheric security projects sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Defense, Justice, State, and USAID throughout Latin America. Her past assignments include training Argentine judges and Colombian criminal law professors in accusatory criminal justice reform with the Department of Justice, 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 consultant in Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, and Venezuela, including teaching international humanitarian law in the Diplomate Program in Security and Northern Border Development at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico, and working with Ecuador’s legislature, prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies to strengthen transborder crime legislation and improve the mechanisms and protocols for foreign asset forfeitures and the recovery of proceeds of crime.

An active participant in bar associations and learned legal societies, Professor Nagle has dedicated more than two decades of distinguished service to the International Bar Association. She is currently a Trustee of the IBA’s Human Rights Institute Trust, and Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Section’s Sub-Committee on Violence against Women. She has served on the IBA Legal Practice Division Council, the Human Rights Institute Council, and was the Latin American Regional Forum Liaison Officer of the Access to Justice and Legal Aid. She is a past Co-Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary of the IBA Criminal Law Section, and her special assignments include having served on task forces on terrorism, corruption, criminal justice reform, and as Vice Chair of the IBA President’s Task Force against Human Trafficking.

Professor Nagle’s key activities in the American Bar Association include her current appointment to the Latin America and Caribbean Law Initiative Council, and past service on the ABA’s Criminal Justice Council, and Co-Chair of the International Criminal Law Committee. She is a long-time member of the Standing Committee on National Security Law, and she has also worked on several ABA special projects, including the Task Force on the Vienna Convention on Consular Affairs, the Task Force on International Child Abduction, the Special Task Force on the ICC, and the Corruption and the Rule of Law Working Group.

She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP). Her other affiliations include 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, the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, and the Tampa Chapter of the Committee on Foreign Relations.

A prolific author of more than fifty publications addressing many topics of international law, international criminal law, judicial reform, and regional security, Professor Nagle’s scholarship has appeared in three languages on four continents. As a highly regarded international voice in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery, Professor Nagle was part of a select group of international experts invited by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons to assess the impact of armed conflict on making people vulnerable to human trafficking, and she served on the Florida Statewide Task Force on Human Trafficking. She is the author of the 2017 book, Understanding Human Trafficking, Corruption, and the Optics of Misconduct in the Public, Private, and NGO Sectors: Causes, Actors, and Solutions (Carolina Academic Press).

Professor Nagle holds an LL.D. from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Colombia) with specializations in criminal law and sports law, a J.D. from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, an LL.M. in international law from UCLA School of Law, an M.A. in Latin American studies (law, political science, history) 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.



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