Anna Spain Bradley, Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School, is a scholar of international law specializing in international dispute resolution, peace and security, and human rights. She is currently completing a book, Human Choice in International Law, forthcoming on Cambridge University Press. Her most recent publications include Human Rights Racism, 32 Harvard Human Rights Journal 1 (2019) and The Disruptive Neuroscience of Judicial Choice, 9 University of California Irvine Law Review 1 (2018). Spain Bradley is a recipient of the 2018 OZY Educator Award, the 2018 Gamm Justice Award and the 2014 American Society of International Law's Francis Lieber Award for her article The U.N. Security Council's Duty to Decide published in the Harvard National Security Journal.
As the Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Professor Spain works in the Office of Faculty Affairs and with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community on policy development and other efforts to promote diversity and inclusive excellence at the university.
Before joining CU Law, Professor Spain was the Deputy Director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and a Lecturer at UCLA Law School. She previously practiced international law as an Attorney-Adviser at the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser where she received two Meritorious Honor Awards for her work representing the U.S. before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague and as a delegate to the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva. Professor Spain also has policy experience working on climate change at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and on international trade agreements at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Professor Spain is a professional mediator with over 20 years of experience specializing in workplace disputes and identity-based conflict.
Professor Spain is a graduate of Harvard Law School where she served as an executive editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and was a recipient of the Heyman Fellowship, the Irving R. Kaufman Fellowship and the Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship. She earned her B.A. magna cum laude at Denison University in environmental studies with a concentration in economics and clerked for the Honorable Judge Raymond Finch in the U.S. District Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands. She is a member of the American Bar Association, American Society of International Law (elected to the Executive Council in 2016), Council on Foreign Relations (former Term Member) and Mediators Beyond Borders (Founding Member and former Board Member). She is a frequent keynote speaker and also services as counsel in international arbitral proceedings.