Alberto R. Coll

Prof. Alberto R. Coll

Professor of Law and Director, DePaul University College of Law

Before joining DePaul, Dr. Alberto R. Coll was chairman of the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he also served for five years as dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in history, and later earned his Juris Doctor and Ph.D. in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.

In 1982, Coll joined the law faculty at Georgetown University, where he taught International Relations, Law & Organization. In 1986, he was appointed secretary of the Navy Senior Research Fellow at the Naval War College, and 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, Coll served as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense, overseeing the Defense Department’s policy, strategy and resources in the areas of special operations forces and “low-intensity” conflict, including counterterrorism. For his work, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

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 The Political Science Reviewer, Washington Quarterly, Ethics & International Affairs, Harvard Journal of International Law, and Temple International & Comparative Law Journal, among others. In 2004, 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 lecturer on American foreign policy, U.S. relations with Cuba and Latin America, and international legal and political issues.

Coll is a member of the Virginia Bar, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Centro Iberoamericano de Estudios Juridicos y Politicos at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. At DePaul, he teaches courses in the areas of international law, international human rights, international trade, and Latin America.

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