Anna Spain Bradley

Associate Professor of Law
Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity
International Law, International Dispute Resolution, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

University of Colorado Law School
442 Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 442
Phone: (303) 492-6204

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Educational Background:
J.D.   Harvard Law School   2004  
B.A.   Denison University   1999   magna cum laude
Anna Spain Bradley, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School, is an international legal scholar who has published work addressing the resolution of international disputes and the promotion of peace and security. Her scholarship also investigates connections between law, decisionmaking and neuroscience. Her 2013 article on The U.N. Security Council's Duty to Decide received the American Society of International Law's Francis Lieber Prize. Professor Spain has taught courses in international law, dispute resolution and legal ethics since 2009 and serves as the Faculty Advisor for student groups in those areas.

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 to provide executive education and consulting services to faculty groups aimed at enhancing professional development, cooperation and inclusive excellence.

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 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), Council on Foreign Relations (former Term Member) and Mediators Beyond Borders (Founding Member and former Board Member). Professor Spain remains actively involved in a variety of international arbitration and international mediation matters.


Cognitive Competence in Executive Branch Decision Making, 49 Connecticut Law Review 713, (2017). Lead article.
Deciding to Intervene, 51 Houston Law Review 847-911 (2014). (Competitively peer-selected by the American Society of International Law for the "New Voices" panel at the 106th Annual Meeting, March 2012).
The U.N. Security Council's Duty to Decide, 4 Harvard National Security Journal 320-384 (2013). Awarded the American Society of International Law's 2014 Francis Lieber Prize (article category) for an exceptional published work in the field of the law of armed conflict.
Beyond Adjudication: Resolving International Resource Disputes in an Era of Climate Change, 30 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 343-390 (2011). Competitively peer-selected by the American Society of International Law for presentation at the 3rd Four Societies Conference, Awaji, Japan 2010.
Examining the International Judicial Function: International Courts as Dispute Resolvers, 34 Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review 5-31 (2011). Peer-reviewed essay in an invited symposium edition.
Integration Matters: Rethinking the Architecture of International Dispute Resolution, 32 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 1-55 (2010). Lead article. Reprinted in part in International Dispute Resolution: Cases and Materials, Mary Ellen O'Connell ed., Carolina Academic Press (2012).
Using International Dispute Resolution to Address the Compliance Question in International Law, 40 Georgetown Journal of International Law 807-864 (2009). Published prior to arriving at the University of Colorado Law School.

Book Chapters

African Women Leaders and the Advancement of Peacebuilding in International Law, in Black Women and International Law: Deliberate Interactions, Movements and Actions (Essays in honor of Gabrielle Kirk McDonald) 120-143, Jeremy Levitt ed., Cambridge University Press (2015).
International Dispute Resolution in an Era of Globalization, in International Law in the New Age of Globalization 41-70, Andrew Byrnes, Mika Hayashi, Christopher Michaelsen eds., Martinus Nijhoff Publications (2013).

Other Publications

Judges, Diplomats and Peacebuilders: Evaluating International Dispute Resolution as a System, in ASIL Proceedings of the 108th Annual Meeting 271-273 (2015).
Sovereignty and the Promotion of Peace in International Law, in ASIL Proceedings of the 106th Annual Meeting 78-80 (2013).
Who's Going to Copenhagen?: The Rise of Civil Society in International Treaty-Making, ASIL Insights (online publication), December 11, 2009.
The Many Pathways of International Law in ASIL Careers in International Law: A Guide to Career Paths and Internships in International Law (2009-2010 Edition).
Guest Blogger, IntlLawGrrls, and (2009-2014).

Book Reviews

The Puzzle of Peace, Gary Goertz, Paul F. Diehl, and Alexandru Balas, Oxford (2016); 111 American Journal of International Law ___, (forthcoming 2017).
Diplomatic and Judicial Means of Dispute Settlement, Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Marcelo G. Kohen and Jorge E. VinŻales, eds., Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (2013); 108 American Journal of International Law 140-146 (2014).

Selected Press, Media & Publicity

Anna Spain International Peace through Mediation | The Doug Noll Show | Thursday, May 28, 2015
Brief of Amici Curiae International Law Professors in Support of Reversal | Chevron Corp. v. Donziger, No. 14-826(L) | Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Growing Spats Between Countries Leads To Need For More Cross-Border Lawyers | International Business Times | Friday, August 3, 2012


Spring 2017 International Human Rights Law LAWS 7440-001
Fall 2015 Legal Ethics and Professionalism LAWS 6103-002
Fall 2015 US Natl Sec Foreign Rel LAWS 8611-001
Spring 2015 Legal Ethics and Professionalism LAWS 6103-001
Spring 2015 Mediation LAWS 7439-001
Fall 2014 International Dispute Resolution LAWS 7310-001
Spring 2014 Legal Ethics and Professionalism LAWS 6103-001
Spring 2014 International Dispute Resolution LAWS 7310-001
Spring 2013 International Human Rights Law LAWS 7440-001