Jimmy Gurule

Professor of Law & Director, Exoneration Justice Clinic

Professor of Law & Director, Exoneration Justice Clinic


Jimmy Gurulé is an expert in the field of criminal law, international criminal law, terrorism and terrorist financing, and national security law. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1998-1999.. A member of the Indiana and Utah State Bar, 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, and evidence. He co-authored National Security Law and the Constitution (Wolters Kluwer 2d ed., 2020), National Security Law, Principles and Policy (Wolters Kluwer 2d ed., 2019), Handbook of Criminal and Terrorism Financing Law (Palgrave McMillan 2018); 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. 2019); 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 the Director of the Exoneration Justice Clinic. He serves on the Board of Directors of the USAID Rule of Law and Cultural Integrity in Paraguay initiative, , 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, 1998 terrorist bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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 received the Distinguished Professor of the Year award in 2021.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.