Professor of Law
Jimmy Gurulé, an expert in the field of international criminal law, specifically, terrorism, terrorist financing, economic sanctions, 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, 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, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; 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, Gurulé was instrumental in developing and implementing the U.S. Treasury Department’s global strategy to combat terrorist financing.
Gurulé concentrates his teaching and scholarship in the areas of criminal law, teaching courses in international criminal law, national security law, the death penalty, and a wrongful conviction externship. He co-authored the Handbook of Criminal and Terrorism Financing Law (Palgrave 2018); National Security Law and the Constitution (Wolters Kluwer 2016), National Security Law, Principles and Policy (Wolters Kluwer 2015), International Criminal Law (Carolina Academic Press) (4th ed. 2013); Criminal and Forensic Evidence (LexisNexis) (4th ed. 2013); Complex Criminal Litigation: Prosecuting Drug Enterprises and Organized Crime (forthcoming 4th ed. 2018); Principles of Counter-Terrorism Law (Thompson-West 2011); and authored 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.
Gurulé is a member of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Committee on Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions, American Law Institute, Faculty Advisory Board of the 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 Armenia, Belize, and Bahrain on criminal justice reform. 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.
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, Associated Press, and interviewed by CNN, CNN International, CNBC, NPR, CBS, FOX, and the BBC.
Watch the Notre Dame Fighting for Justice video featuring 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.
Gurulé was selected as a Fulbright Scholar and spent the Spring semester 2011 studying and teaching in Santiago, Chile.
- LAW60302, Criminal Law
- LAW70205, Criminal and Forensic Evidence
- LAW70324, National Security Law
- LAW70403, International Criminal Law
- LAW70434, Law of Terrorism London: International Criminal Law
- Death Penalty Seminar
- Wrongful Conviction Externship
Handbook of Criminal and Terrorism Financing Law (Palgrave 2018).
National Security Law and the Constitution (Wolters Kluwer 2016).
National Security Law-- Principles and Policy (Wolters Kluwer 2015) (co-author).
Criminal & Forensic Evidence, with R.J. Goodwin (4th ed.) (LexisNexis, 2014).
Principles of Counter-Terrorism Law (Thompson-West, 2011).
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).
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:
Utilizing Secondary Sanctions to Curtail the Financing of the Islamic State, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs XVIII (Winter/Spring 2017).
The Need to Refocus the U.S. Government's Post-9/11 Counter-Terrorist Financing Strategy Directed at al Qaeda to Target the Funding of ISIS, 50 Val. U.L. Rev. 493 (2016).
Holding Banks Liable Under the Anti-Terrorism Act for Providing Financial Services to Terrorists: An Ineffective Legal Remedy in Need of Reform, 41 N.D. J. of Legis. 189 (2015).
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 "Proceeds" Really Mean "Net 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).
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).
"Justice 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).
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
- Death Penalty
- Financial Frauds
- International Criminal Law
- Law of Terrorism
- National Security Law
- White Collar Crime
In the News
US Failing to Uncover Secrets of ISIL’s Oil Trade – Former US Official (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) RIA Novosti, October 29, 2015.
Mexico Drug Lord’s Escape Was Foretold (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2015.
Could ‘El Chapo’s’ Escape Damage U.S.-Mexico Relations? (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) NBC, July 13, 2015.
Manhunt for ‘El Chapo’ races clock (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) USA Today, July 13, 2015.
Why putting bank bosses behind bars is still nigh on impossible (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) The Guardian, May 23, 2015.
Five banks plead guilty, pay more than $5B in FX penalties (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) USA Today, May 20, 2015.
Citigroup, Barclays Close to Settling Forex Lawsuit With Private Investors (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2015.
Who Caused The Financial Crisis? Prosecutors Face 3-Month Deadline For Bringing Charges In The Subprime Mortgage Mess (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) International Business Times, February 19, 2015.
INVESTIGATION: Files Open New Window on $182-Million Halliburton Bribery Scandal in Nigeria (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) Premium Times, February 10, 2015.
Follow the money new game plan in thwarting terrorism Concealing financial flows can be harder than avoiding surveillance of emails and phone calls (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) The Seattle Times, February 6, 2015.
Iraqi Christians Form Anti-ISIS Militia, and You Can Legally Fund Them (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) U.S. News & World Report, February 6, 2015.
ISIS fundraising in US via bitcoin Interview on Russian TV FIDM, January 30, 2015
Isis commander in Pakistan ‘claims Islamic State funding routed through the US’ (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) International Business Times, January 28, 2015.
When Money Is a Weapon: How the Treasury Got Into the Spy Game (Quotes: Jimmy Gurule) Bloomberg News, January 20, 2015.