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Alberto R. Coll

  • Director, Global Engagement; Vincent de Paul Professor of Law
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  • Full-time
  • (312) 362-5663
  • 702 Lewis Center

Before joining DePaul, Dr. Alberto R. Coll served for five years as dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies, the U.S. Navy’s foremost strategic research center. A cum laude graduate from Princeton University in history, he earned his JD and PhD in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. In 1982, Professor Coll joined the faculty at Georgetown University, and in 1986 was appointed secretary of the Navy Senior Research Fellow at the Naval War College. In 1989, he became the youngest holder of the Charles H. Stockton Chair of International Law, the college’s oldest chair. From 1990 to 1993, Professor Coll was principal deputy assistant secretary of defense, serving in the Pentagon office that oversaw the Defense Department’s policy, strategy and $3 billion budget for special operations forces and “low-intensity” conflict, including counterterrorism. For his work, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Professor Coll is the author of The Wisdom of Statecraft and editor of several other books on international relations and law. He is the author of prize-winning articles in the American Journal of International Law and the Naval War College Review, as well as articles in Foreign Policy, Washington Quarterly, Harvard Journal of International Law, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, and the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. In 2004, Professor Coll received the Antonio Jose Irisarri Medal for his contribution to strengthening the rule of law and civilian control over the military in Guatemala. He has served as consultant to the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, the Rand Corp., the United States Information Agency, and numerous defense and intelligence organizations. He is a frequent commentator on American foreign policy, U.S. relations with Cuba and Latin America, and international legal and political issues. Over the past 28 years he has lectured at more than 120 universities, think tanks, government agencies, and public forums in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and South Africa. Professor Coll is a member of the Virginia Bar, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Instituto de Estudios Juridicos y Politicos at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. At DePaul, he teaches courses on international law, international human rights, U.S. foreign relations, terrorism, international trade and Latin America.


B.A., Princeton University; J.D. and Ph.D., University of Virginia

Areas of Expertise

Courses Taught

  • International Human Rights
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Public International Law


  • Articles
  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Book Reviews
  • Miscellaneous


2012 Wielding Human Rights and Constitutional Procedure to Temper the Harms of Globalization: Costa Rica's Battle Over the Central American Free Trade Agreement, 33 U. Pa. J. Int’l L. 461, (2012) string;#Click Here
2007 Harming Human Rights in the Name of Promoting Them: the Case of the Cuban Embargo, 12 UCLA J. Int'l L. & Foreign Aff. 199 (2007). string;#Click Here
1997 United States Strategic Interests in Latin America: an Assessment, J. Inter-American Stud., Spring 1997, at 45-57. string;#Click Here
1995 Prudent Statesmen: Kissinger, Truman and Thatcher, 9 Ethics & Int'l Aff. 193 (1995). string;#
1993 Power, Principles, and Prospects for a Cooperative International Order, Wash. Q., Winter 1993, at 3-14. string;#
1992 Just and Unjust Wars: The Future of U.S. Policy, 6 Temp. Int’l & Comp. L. J. 55 (1992). string;#Click Here
1992 America as the Grand Facilitator, Foreign Pol'y., Summer 1992, at 47-65. string;#Click Here
1992 Normative Prudence as a Tradition of Statecraft, 5 Ethics & Int'l Aff. (1992). string;#
1989 Strategic Implications of Soviet Overtures to Regional Powers, S.A.F.R. (Summer 1989). string;#
1989 Castro’s Self-Image and his Geopolitical Vision of Africa, Am. Rev. (1989). string;#
1988 With Mark Weston Janis et al., Religion and International Law (panel discussion), 82 Am. Soc’y Int’l L. Proc. 195, 209 (1988). string;#Click Here
1988 International Law and U.S. Foreign Policy: Present Challenges and Opportunities, Wash. Q., Autumn 1988, at 107-118. string;#
1987 The Legal and Moral Adequacy of Military Responses to Terrorism, 81 Am. Soc’y Int’l L. Proc. 297 (1987). string;#Click Here
1987 With Jonathan Charney et al., Symposium: State Sponsored International Terrorism (panel discussion), 20 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. 343, 353 (1987). string;#Click Here
1987 Why Grenada Was Important, 40 Naval War C. Rev. 4 (1987). string;#Click Here
1987 Some Christian Reminders for the Statesman, 1 Ethics & Int'l Aff. (1987). string;#
1986 The Limits of Global Consciousness and Legal Absolutism: Protecting International Law from Some of Its Best Friends, 27 Harv. Int’l L. J. 599 (1986). string;#Click Here
1986 Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 16 Pol. Sci. Reviewer 97 (1986). string;#Click Here
1985 Functionalism and the Balance of Interests in the Law of the Sea: Cuba’s Role, 79 Am. J. Int’l L. 891 (1985). string;#Click Here
1985 Balancing Interests in the Law of the Sea: Cuba’s Role as a Case Study (editor's note), 79 Am. Soc’y Int’l L. Proc. 357 (1985). string;#Click Here
1985 Soviet Arms and Central American Turmoil, 148 World Aff. 7 (1985). Reprinted in THE CONTINUING CRISIS: U.S. POLICY IN CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (Mark Falcoff and Robert Royal, eds., Washington, Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1986). string;#Click Here
1983 Legal Dimensions of the Use of Force in the Falklands War (open forum), 77 Am. Soc’y Int’l L. Proc. 1 (1983). string;#Click Here


2002 With Rodney Rempt et al., Current Strategy Forum, 2002: Transforming American National Security Strategy in the 21st Century (Newport, R.I. : Naval War College, 2002). string;#
1998 With J. R. Stark et al., Current Strategy Forum Papers: June 16-18, 1998, Newport, RI (Newport, R.I. : U.S. Naval War College, 1998). string;#
1997 The Problems of Doing Good: Somalia as a Case Study in Humanitarian Intervention (New York, N.Y. : Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, 1997) and (Washington, D.C. : Distributed by the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1997). string;#
1997 With Edward Gonzalez, Facing the Future: Two Views on Cuba’s Inevitable Transition (Miami, FL : Cuban Studies Association, 1997). string;#
1995 With James S. Ord & Stephen A. Rose, Legal and Moral Constraints on Low-Intensity Conflict (Newport, R.I.: Naval War College, 1995). string;#
1991 With James F. Childress et al., The American Search for Peace: Moral Reasoning, Religious Hope, and National Security : Seminar : Revised Papers (Georgetown University Press, 1991). string;#
1990 Papers 1989-1990 (Correspondence, resume and subject files when Professor Coll was Stockton Chairholder in International Law, 1989-1990). string;#
1988 Should the Reagan Administration have Signed the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea?, (Pew Charitable Trusts, 1988). string;#
1985 With Anthony C. Arend, The Falklands War: Lessons for Strategy, Diplomacy, and International Law (Boston : G. Allen & Unwin, 1985). string;#
1985 The Wisdom of Statecraft: Sir Herbert Butterfield and the Philosophy of International Politics (Duke University Press, 1985). string;#
1983 The Wisdom of Statecraft: Sir Herbert Butterfield and the Philosophy of International Politics (Dissertation: Thesis (Ph.D.)—University of Virginia, 1983) (Reproduction: Photocopy/Ann Arbor, Mich./University Microfilms/1984). string;#
1982 The Western Heritage and American Values – Law, Theology, and History (University Press of America, 1982). string;#
1981 Francisco de Vitoria and the Limitations of a Juristic Approach to International Politics (Thesis/dissertation/manuscript, 1981). string;#

Book Chapters

2015 American National Security Strategy: Continuities and Uncertainties in a Changing World, in NATIONAL SECURITY LAW 839-859 (John Norton Moore, Guy B. Roberts, and Robert F. Turner eds., Carolina Academic Press 3d ed. 2015). string;#
2015 La Política Exterior de los Estados Unidos: Continuidades y Tensiones que la Animan, in LA POLITICA EXTERIOR DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS (Alberto Priego, ed., Madrid, Editorial Universidad Pontificia Comillas, 2015). string;#
2013 With Antonio Sánchez-Bayón, The Federal Legal Framework for Religion: Freedom of Religion and Church-State Relations in the United States, in 8 Derecho y religión 255 (Marcos González Sánchez & Javier Saldaña Serrano eds., 2013) string;#
2013 El Ejercicio de la Abogacia en los EEUU: Ideal y Realidad, in RETOS DE LA ABOGACIA ANTE LA SOCIEDAD GLOBAL (Cristina Carretero Gonzalez y Federico de Montalvo Jaaskelainen, eds., Madrid, Thomson Reuters, 2013). string;#
2013 What doth it Profit a Man?: Preserving Liberty and the Rule of Law in the ‘War on Terror’, in THE WEST AT WAR 157-177 (Bradley C. S. Watson, ed., Boston, Lexington Books, 2006). string;#
2008 The Relevance of Christian Realism to the Twenty-First Century, in Christianity and Power Politics Today: Christian Realism and Contemporary Political Problems (Eric Patterson ed., 2008) string;#
2005 International Arms Restraint by Treaty, Law and Policy in National Security Law (2d ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2005). string;#
2001 Kosovo and the Moral Burdens of Power, in WAR OVER KOSOVO: POLITICS AND STRATEGY IN A GLOBAL AGE 124-154 (Andrew J. Bacevich and Eliot A. Cohen, eds., Columbia University Press, 2001). string;#
1997 International Terrorism, in STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT 1997: FLASHPOINTS AND FORCE STRUCTURE 185 (Patrick Clawson ed., National Defense University, 1997). string;#
1992 Is the Bible Enough?: Prudence and Foreign Policy, in MIGHT AND RIGHT AFTER COLD WAR: CAN FOREIGN POLICY BE MORAL? (Michael Cromartie, ed., Washington:, Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1992). string;#
1991 Rapporteur, in THE AMERICAN SEARCH FOR PEACE (John Langan and George Weigel, eds., Washington, Georgetown University Press, 1991). string;#
1989 England and Spain: 1567 - 1604, in SEAPOWER AND STRATEGY (Colin Gray and Roger Barnett, eds., Annapolis, Naval Institute Press, 1989). string;#
1989 Christian Realism and Prudence in Foreign Policy: A Challenge to Evangelicals, in EVANGELICALS AND FOREIGN POLICY (Michael Cromartie, ed., Washington, Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1989). string;#
1988 Taking “Ubermenschen” Seriously, Castro’s Self-Image and His Geopolitical Vision of Africa in Cuba-Africa, Quo Vadis (Pretoria : Africa Promotions, 1988). string;#
1988 Christianity and Statecraft in International Relations, in MORAL REASONING AND STATECRAFT (Reed Davis, ed., Washington, University Press of America, 1988). string;#

Book Reviews

1985 Book Review, 79 Am. J. Int’l L. 476 (1985) (reviewing Encyclopedia of Public International Law: vols. 3-5, Rudolph Bernhardt ed., Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Amsterdam: North-Holland, (1982 & 1983)). string;#Click Here


2017 What The Cuban Missile Crisis Should Teach Us About North Korea, Huffington Post (Oct. 26, 2017). string;#Click Here
2012 Why Europe Still Matters, Chi. Council on Global Aff. (March 29, 2012) string;#Click Here
2007 With P. Kornbluh et. al., The Changing of the Guard: a Forum, The Nation, May 14, 2007, at 17. string;#Click Here
1958 Foreword in Judgments on History and Historians, xvii-xxii (Indianapolis : Liberty Fund, 1999) (Originally published: Boston : Beacon Press, 1958). string;#Click Here