Jimmy Gurule

Professor of Law

Office: 2119 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.5917
Fax: 574.631.4197
Email: Jimmy.Gurule.1@nd.edu
Staff Assistant: Leslie Berg
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Jimmy Gurulé, an internationally known expert in the field of international criminal law, specifically, terrorism, terrorist financing, and anti-money laundering, joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty in 1989, and in 1996 became a full professor. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1998-1999. He earned his B.A. from the University of Utah in 1974, and his J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1980. A member of the Utah State Bar since 1980, Professor Gurulé has worked in a variety of high-profile public law enforcement positions including as Under Secretary for Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Treasury (2001-2003), where he had oversight responsibilities for the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF), Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC); Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (1990-1992); and Assistant U.S. Attorney, where he served as Deputy Chief of the Major Narcotics Section of the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office (1985-1989). Among his many successes in law enforcement, Professor Gurulé was instrumental in developing and implementing the U.S. Treasury Department’s global strategy to combat terrorist financing, and engineered the conviction of those responsible for torturing and brutally murdering a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in Mexico.

Professor Gurulé concentrates his teaching and scholarship in the areas of criminal law, teaching courses in international criminal law, white collar crime, terrorism law, and criminal and forensic evidence. He co-authored International Criminal Law (Carolina Academic Press) (4th ed. 2013); Criminal and Forensic Evidence (LexisNexis) (forthcoming 4th ed. 2013); Complex Criminal Litigation: Prosecuting Drug Enterprises and Organized Crime (forthcoming 3rd ed. 2013); Principles of Counter-Terrorism Law (Thompson-West 2011); and Unfunding Terror: The Legal Response to the Financing of Global Terrorism (Edward Elgar 2008).

An internationally recognized expert in the fields of terrorist financing and anti-money laundering, he has delivered lectures on these subjects before: the Italian Banker’s Association, Milan, Italy; Military Center for Strategic Studies, Rome, Italy; Austrian Defense Academy, Vienna, Austria; Euroforum, Madrid, Spain; World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland; Indian Banker’s Association, Calcutta, India; Institute for International Bankers, New York City, and Comandancia de la Policia Nacional, Asuncion, Paraguay.

Professor Gurulé is a member of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Committee on Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions, American Law Institute, Faculty Advisory Board of Center for Civil and Human Rights at the Notre Dame Law School, elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (2009), and selected as a member of the United Nations expert working group on “Public Corruption and the Negative Impact of the Non-Repatriation of Funds of Illicit Origin on the Enjoyment of Human Rights.” He has served as a consultant to the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative advising the governments of Belize and Bahrain on criminal justice reform. Professor Gurulé has also served as an expert witness and consultant on several high profile anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism cases, including the 1983 terrorist bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, and 1998 terrorist bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Professor Gurulé is a prominent member of the Hispanic legal community, having served as President of the Hispanic National Bar Association in 1989 and received the Graciela Olivarez Award in 2006. He also serves as the faculty advisor to the Hispanic Law Student Association. He was selected as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business in 2002, 1990, 1989, and 1987. He has been quoted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg, and interviewed by CNN, CNN International, CNBC, NPR, CBS, FOX, and the BBC.

Watch the Notre Dame Fighting for Justice video featuring Professor Gurulé. He was the subject of a faculty profile broadcasted nationwide during half-time of the September 27, 2008 Notre Dame v. Purdue football game. He was one of six faculty profiles aired during the course of the season.

Professor Gurulé was selected as a Fulbright Scholar and spent the Spring semester 2011 studying and teaching in Santiago, Chile.

Courses Taught

LAW60302, Criminal Law
LAW70205, Criminal and Forensic Evidence
LAW70316, Complex Criminal Litigation
LAW70363, White Collar Crime
LAW70403, International Criminal Law
LAW70434, Law of Terrorism

International Criminal Law



Criminal & Forensic Evidence, with R.J. Goodwin (4th ed.) (LexisNexis, 2014).

Principles of Counter-Terrorism Law (Thompson-West, 2011).

Criminal & Forensic Evidence, with R.J. Goodwin (3d ed.) (LexisNexis, 2010).

Unfunding Terror: The Legal Response to the Financing of Global Terrorism (Edward Elgar Publ 2008).

International Criminal Law: Cases and Materials, with Paust, Bassiouni, Scharf, Sadat & Zagaris (Carolina Academic Press, 4th ed. 2013).

Human Rights Module: On Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide, Other Crimes Against Human Rights, and War Crimes (Carolina Academic Press 2006).

International Criminal Law Documents Supplement, with Paust, Bassiouni, Scharf, Sadat & Zagaris (Carolina Academic Press, 3d ed. 2006).

The Law of Asset Forfeiture, with S. Guerra-Thompson and M. O'Hear (LexisNexis, 2d ed. 2004).

Criminal and Scientific Evidence: Cases, Materials and Problems, with R.J. Goodwin, and Teacher’s Manual, 2nd Edition (LexisNexis 2002).

Complex Criminal Litigation: Prosecuting Drug Enterprises and Organized Crime (Lexis Law Publishing, 2d ed. 2000).

Book Segments

Evaluating Progress in the Global War on Terrorist Financing in How to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, (Richard Pratt ed., 2005).


Professor Gurulé has published numerous articles pertaining to criminal law, including:

The Demise of the U.N. Economic Sanctions Regime to Deprive Terrorists of Funding, 41 Case W. Res. J. Int’l L. 19 (2009).

Does "€œProceeds"€ Really Mean "€œNet Profits"? The Supreme Court's Efforts to Diminish the Utility of the Federal Money Laundering Statute, 7 Ave Maria L. Rev. 339 (2009).

Who Is Winning the War on Terror Financing?, 10:2 The Financial Regulator 25 (2005).

Unfunding Terror - Perspectives on Unfunding Terror, 17 Transnational Lawyer 113 (2004) (symposium);

U.S. Opposition to the 1998 Rome Statute Creating an International Criminal Court: Is the Court’s Jurisdiction Truly Complementary to National Criminal Jurisdictions?, 35 Cornell Int’l Law Journal 1 (2002)

The 1988 U.N. Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances -€“ A Ten year Perspective: Is International Cooperation Merely Illusory?, 22 Fordham Int’l Law Journal 74 (1998)

The Ancient Roots of Modern Forfeiture Law, 21 Notre Dame Journal of Legislation 155 (1995).

The Money Laundering Control Act of 1986: Creating a New Federal Offense or Merely Affording Federal Prosecutors an Alternative Means of Punishing Specified Unlawful Activity? 32 American Criminal Law Review 823 (1995).

Terrorism, Territorial Sovereignty, and the Forcible Apprehension of International Criminals Abroad, 17 Hastings International and Comparative Law Review 457 (1994).

Other Publications

The International Criminal Court: Complementarity with National Criminal Jurisdiction, 33 Amicus Curiae 21, Journal of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies (2001);

The Right to a Fair Trial, 28 European Commission for Democracy Through Law 95 (2000);

Does the CCE Statute Require Juror Unanimity on the Specific Predicate Drug Offense?, 5 Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases 251 (1999);

"€œJustice Delayed is Justice Denied"€: May a Prisoner'€™s Challenge to Parole Revocation Be Delayed Until the Sentence Is Completed and Then Dismissed as Moot?, 2 Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases 106 (1997);

The Double Jeopardy Dilemma: Does Criminal Prosecution and Civil Forfeiture in Separate Proceedings Violate the Double Jeopardy Clause?, 7 Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases 325 (1996);

Cooperating with the Prosecutor: How Many Motions Does It Take to Secure a Sentence That Is Less Than the Mandatory Minimum Provided By Statute?, 5 Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases 242 (1996); and

Multiple Punishment for Similar Crimes: Is the Double Jeopardy Clause Violated?, 3 Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases 104 (1995).

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Forensic Evidence
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • International Criminal Law
  • Law of Terrorism
  • White Collar Crime

In the News

US intelligence assets in Mexico reportedly tied to murdered DEA agent (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) Fox News, October 10, 2013
New U.S. policy won't ease marijuana dispensaries' banking woes
(Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) Reuters, September 5, 2013
Telecoms Face Limited Legal Recourse in Orders for Records (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2013
Obama administration defends massive phone record collection (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) Reuters, June 6, 2013
Massive breach of privacy in the U.S. (Video: Interview: Jimmy Gurule) CNN, June 6, 2013
Reno, Holder approaches to leak investigations differ (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) USA Today, June 5, 2013
Russia’s Warning on Bombings Suspect Sets Off a Debate (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) New York Times, April 25, 2013
FBI alert on Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev had expired (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) LA Times, April 23, 2013
Suspect charged in hospital with Boston Marathon bombing (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) Reuters, April 22, 2013
Fed to Citi: Improve Anti-Money Laundering Controls (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) Fox Business, March 26, 2013
Obama’s SEC Pick Wary of Zealous Wall Street Prosecutions (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) Bloomberg, February 27, 2013
Too Big to Prosecute - Huffington Post Live (video panel), December 18, 2012
The Associated Press: Too big to jail? Execs avoid laundering charges - (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) AP, December 18, 2012
Obama, Holder let another big bank off the hook - (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) MSNBC, December 13, 2012
Exclusive: HSBC might pay $1.8 billion money laundering fine - sources (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) - Reuters, MSNBC, Fox Business, CNBC, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, South Bend Tribune, Wall Street Cheat Sheet, MSN Money, Business Insider, Economic Times, International Business Times - December 5, 2012

CNBC (TV)… StanChart Sanction Is Insufficient: Gurule August 15, 2012
CNBC (Reuters)…. Standard Chartered reaches $340 million settlement over Iran August 15, 2012
In Laundering Case, a Lax Banking Law Obscured Money Flow - (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) - The New York Times, August 8, 2012
Standard Chartered Probe Might Require $700 Million Payout - (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) - Washington Post (Bloomberg) and MoneyNews.com (Bloomberg), August 8, 2012
FISA and the Battle Between National Security and Privacy (Opinion: by Jimmy Gurulé) JURIST, Feb. 17, 2012.
The insanity defense: Defendants in two high-profile local cases to make an argument lawyers say rarely wins (Quoting Jimmy Gurulé) South Bend Tribune, December 10, 2011
ND Expert: Direct link between rise in Taliban power and private funding – October 13, 2009
Featured Faculty on NDLS Home Page: Jimmy Gurulé – August 7, 2009
Featured Faculty on NDLS Home Page: Jimmy Gurulé Author of “Unfunding Terror” – February 9, 2009
Professor Jimmy Gurulé: Fighting for Justice – September 26, 2008