Paul E. Kantwill

Title/s:  Founding Executive Director, The Rule of Law Institute and Distinguished Professor in Residence

Office #:  Corboy 1318

Phone: 312.915.7319



Paul Kantwill serves as Executive Director, The Rule of Law Institute at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Distinguished Professor in Residence, Loyola University Chicago School of Law. In those capacities, he teaches, lectures, conducts research, and organizes programming on a wide variety of topics, including consumer protection law (with an emphasis on protecting military Servicemembers, veterans, and their families in the financial marketplace), National Security Law, and International Law and the Rule of Law.

He joined the School of Law after a long and distinguished career in public service. Most recently he served as an Assistant Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), leading the Office of Servicemember Affairs. Prior to joining the CFPB, Paul served as the Director of the Office of Legal Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel & Readiness. In that capacity, he served as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness, on a wide variety of military personnel and readiness issues, including consumer protection law matters such as the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, Military Lending Act, and other financial/consumer issues affecting members of the armed forces and their family members. He is involved in the Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act, now pending in the United States Congress.

Colonel Kantwill had a distinguished 25-year military career as an Active Duty Officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He served continuously on Active Duty from January, 1990 through December 2014, and served in Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf. He is the recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, and numerous other military awards and decorations.

He is also the recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. He is a graduate of The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He has received an L.L.M from the Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army; holds a J.D. from Loyola University, Chicago School of Law; and a B.A. from Loyola University, Chicago, IL.


U.S. Army Command & General Staff College
BA, Loyola University Chicago
LLM, The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army
JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Program Areas

Consumer Protection Law, International Law, Rule of Law

Courses Taught

Veteran’s Practicum

Selected Publications

Kantwill, Paul and Peterson, Christopher Lewis, American Usury Law and the Military Lending Act (July 29, 2019). Loyola Consumer Law Review, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2019, University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 342, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3428725 

Kantwill, Paul and Watts, Sean, Hostile Protected Persons or 'Extra-Conventional Persons': How Unlawful Combatants in the War on Terrorism Posed Extraordinary Challenges for Military Attorneys and Commanders (December 12, 2004). Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 28, No. 681, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1400122