Notre Dame Professor of Law Jimmy Gurulé will spend the spring 2011 semester in Chile as a Fulbright scholar. Gurulé will conduct field research on Chile’s legal efforts to hold persons accountable for international crimes and human rights abuses committed during the military rule of former President Augusto Pinochet. He will work from Diego Portales Law School in Santiago.
“Several years ago, I visited Chile and was impressed. It’s one of the most economically developed countries in South America, but it has a checkered past,” says Gurulé of the nation"s years under the Pinochet regime.
Gurulé will focus his research on how the Chilean Ministry of Justice and the courts have been able to avoid the application of Amnesty Law No. 2.191, which was enacted by Pinochet to grant amnesty to all those responsible for criminal acts committed from September 11, 1973 to March 10, 1978— time of brutal violence by Pinochet’s military. “It was intended to be a stay out of jail free card for Pinochet and members of his administration,” says Gurulé. “But the courts and Ministry of Justice have found creative ways to hold people accountable for their crimes during that period of time.”
Gurulé plans to write a book about what he learns from his Fulbright research, focusing on Chile’s approach to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability for serious international crimes.
Gurulé is an internationally known expert in the field of international criminal law, terrorism, terrorist financing, and anti-money laundering. He is the author of “Unfunding Terror: The Legal Response to the Financing of Global Terrorism.” He is currently working on “Principles of Counter-Terrorism Law,” scheduled to be published by Thomson West. As Under Secretary for Enforcement in the U.S. Department of the Treasury (2001-2003), Gurulé had oversight responsibilities for the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). Gurulé also served as Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice (1990-1992), and as 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).
For more on Gurulé, visit: /people/faculty-and-administration/teaching-and-research-faculty/jimmy-gurule.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Participants contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.