Anna Spain Bradley is a professor, attorney, mediator and scholar of international law committed to promoting peace, diversity and inclusion in the world.
As a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law, Spain Bradley teaches and writes about international law, international dispute resolution, human rights and legal ethics. She also serves as the inaugural Faculty Director for a new international human rights program in partnership with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
As the Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at the University of Colorado Boulder, Spain Bradley designs and delivers training and consulting services for professionals on Inclusive Leadership, Inclusive Decision Making, Creating a Culture that Embraces Identity Awareness and more. She frequently delivers keynote lectures for a variety of audiences.
Spain Bradley has published numerous law review articles, book chapters, essays and other works. Her article The U.N. Security Council’s Duty to Decide was awarded the 2014 Francis Lieber Prize by the American Society of International Law. Her most recent work evaluates how insights from neuroscience inform understandings about law and decision making. She is currently writing a book on this topic to be published by Cambridge University Press.
As an attorney, Spain Bradley serves as legal counsel for various countries in international arbitral proceedings. From 2005-2007 she was an Attorney-Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser where she represented the U.S. before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, served as a delegate to the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva and advised the Department on international trade and investment matters in Asia and the Pacific. She twice earned the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award for her contributions.
As a mediator, Spain Bradley has over 20 years of experience helping communities, organizations and families resolve conflicts and disputes. Being both a scholar and practitioner of mediation, she is adept at designing and applying appropriate processes that meet her clients’ needs. She specializes in matters of identity (including age, culture, gender, race and sexual orientation) and the related concerns surrounding bias, inclusiveness and discrimination that can arise. She is a founding member and former Board member of Mediators Beyond Borders International.
Spain Bradley earned her Juris Doctorate from 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 Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Economics magna cum laude at Denison University. She clerked for the Honorable Judge Raymond Finch in the U.S. District Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Spain Bradley is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Society of International Law (elected to the Executive Council) and the Council on Foreign Relations (former Term Member). She has worked in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and North America.
Born in England, she lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, author and professor Adam Bradley, and their two daughters.
Last updated: January 2018