Global Distinction

Stetson Professor of Law Luz Nagle

Professor of Law Luz Nagle was honored in February as the first tenured Hispanic law professor at Stetson University College of Law by the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida.

Nagle received tenure in 2004.

Nagle is an expert in international law, international criminal law, transborder crime and national security law. In addition, she is an internationally sought expert in the fight against human trafficking and modern day slavery. Nagle has been a lecturer and visiting professor on four continents, training students, lawyers and professors. Previously, Nagle served as a judge in Medellin, Colombia; a law clerk to the Supreme Court of Virginia; and pursued software pirates as a member of Microsoft Corp.’s Latin America Copyright Enforcement Practice.

As a professor of law at Stetson, Nagle has met with visitors from around the world as part of the State Department’s Distinguished Foreign Visitors Program. Active in several learned legal societies, she has held important appointments in the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association, serving on the IBA Human Rights Institute Council and the ABA’s Criminal Justice Council, as well as working on several IBA and ABA task forces.

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.

Further, she has trained Argentine judges and Colombian criminal law professors in accusatory criminal justice reform, addressed the deployment of land mines by illegal armed groups in Andean states with the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office, and worked with the Staff Judge Advocate’s Office of the U.S. Southern Command on the application of international humanitarian law and humanitarian operations in conflict zones, among numerous other achievements.

In November 2017, the Hispanic Bar Association honored Nagle with the E. J. Salcines Spirit of Tampa award, celebrating members of the community who mentor, guide and pave the way for young Hispanics in the Tampa Bay area.