Friday, April 18, 2008

Guest blogger: Luz Estella Nagle

Today IntLawGrrls welcome our latest guest blogger, Luz Estella Nagle (right), a Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida.
As her publications indicate, Nagle's a specialist in "international law, international criminal law, and national security law as it pertains to terrorism, narco-trafficking, human trafficking, and guerrilla insurgency, and Latin American business law with an emphasis on regional trade." Educated in law in Colombia, from 1983 to 1986 she served as a judge in the Colombia's court of general jurisdiction. "Compelled to leave Colombia following assassination attempts and repeated death threats, Professor Nagle worked as an undercover private investigator" while earning an M.A. in Latin American studies and an L.L.M. in Comparative Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. She then moved eastward, pursuing her J.D. at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, then practiced at a firm in Florida and as of counsel to a firm in Colombia.
In addition to her work at Stetson, Nagle's an External Researcher on national security and foreign policy at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and further works with the Office of the Judge Advocate to train Colombian military commanders and lawyers at the division level in compliance with international humanitarian law and human rights protocols.
In her post below, Nagle describes her most recent article, an analysis of Colombia's assertions that it acted legally last month when it raided a rebel camp in Ecuador. The post is dedicated to Policarpa Salavarrieta (left), who, as Luz writes, "was a Colombian patriot, organizer and spy during the revolution for independence from Spain in the early 1800s. She was captured by Spanish Royalists, tried, and executed by firing squad, and in the process became one of Colombia's greatest historical figures." This heroine of Colombian independence joins our list of IntLawGrrls' transnational foremothers at right, just below the "visiting from..." map.

Heartfelt welcome!

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